Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 8, October

HathiTrust's Ascendance as a Web-Level Digital Library
Google's ambitious digitization initiative has been followed both with fascination and concern ever since it was launched. Much of the controversy surrounded issues of ownership, copyright, and the risks of monopolization. But now there is an interesting...
How They Did It: ILS Migration Case Studies
Keeping up with the rapid pace of change is a constant challenge for librarians. The ILSs that seemed so amazing just a short time ago now seem outdated and inadequate to meet the needs of our tech-savvy patrons. Migrating to a new ILS is a daunting...
How to Build a Desk Statistics Tracker in Less Than an Hour Using Forms in Google Docs
The University of Minnesota-Duluth is the second largest campus in the University of Minnesota system. The UMD library, which serves more than 11,000 students and 500 faculty members, is primarily an undergraduate library. The reference team consists...
Implementing CORAL: An Electronic Resource Management System
Ever since library resources began to go electronic, librarians have been struggling to find a way to manage these acquisitions, as well as the accompanying mountains of support documentation. Many librarians try to manage electronic resources through...
Implementing CORAL an Electronic Resource Management System: The Desktop Application of CORAL Allows the Management of Electronic Resources to Be More Efficient
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ever since library resources began to go electronic, librarians have been struggling to find a way to manage these acquisitions, as well as the accompanying mountains of support documentation. Many librarians try to manage...
Library Tech Strategies: Efficiency or Innovation?
How librarians use technology to manage their work has been one of my key interests. I follow with great interest the developments of new library automation products and discovery services, especially with respect to how they help libraries operate...
Little Things
"What we call little things are merely the causes of great things," said French philosopher Henri Frederic Amiel. I like that thought and always hope that some small thing I encounter might end up being the seed of something much greater. So I keep...
Living in Interesting Times
It was an ambitious assignment we set for ourselves this month when we selected the theme Platforms Revolutionizing Library Operations. There were many ways to go with it, ranging from the next-gen ILSs we have been discussing for the past few years...
Noted & Quoted
The University of Pittsburgh announced that the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) named Rush G. Miller as the recipient of the 2011 CALA Distinguished Service Award (according to the release, this is the association's highest honor).Currently,...
South Carolina's SC LENDS Optimizing Libraries, Transforming Lending
Materials are only the beginning of the extensive collaboration the resource-sharing project set in motion.When patrons search their library catalog and place a request, they usually assume that the materials are physically located in their community...
South Carolina's SC LENDS Optimizing Libraries, Transforming Lending: Materials Are Only the Beginning of the Extensive Collaboration the Resource-Sharing Project Set in Motion
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When patrons search their library catalog and place a request, they usually assume that the materials are physically located in their community libraries. But thanks to a young consortium, many South Carolina residents have...
Tech Tips for Every Librarian
Little Things"What we call little things are merely the causes of great things," said French philosopher Henri Frédéric Amiel. I like that thought and always hope that some small thing I encounter might end up being the seed of something much greater....
Using GTD to Get Things Done at Your Library
Librarians are the ultimate information workers, with little they can count as done at the end of the day. Staying productive and motivated when there are no finished items that you have created at day's end can be difficult. For just this reason, David...
Using GTD to Get Things Done at Your Library: GTD Gives Library Workers Ways to Keep Tabs on What They Are Doing While Keeping Their Major Goals in Sight
Librarians are the ultimate information workers, with little they can count as done at the end of the day. Staying productive and motivated when there are no finished items that you have created at day's end can be difficult. For just this reason,...
What Linked Data Is Missing
I'm still waiting for the punch line. For years now I've been excited about Linked Data. The idea that putting our library resources online better, using better URIs that link more intelligently to each other, providing both human- and machine-actionable...
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