Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 3, April

14 Days to Have Your Say
As budgets continue to decrease, this kind of open and noticeable assessment can be invaluable in improving underfunded services and the estimation of your administration and patrons.During spring quarter 2008, the Western Washington University (WWU)...
14 Days to Have Your Say: As Budgets Continue to Decrease, This Kind of Open and Noticeable Assessment Can Be Invaluable in Improving Underfunded Services and the Estimation of Your Administration and Patrons
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] During spring quarter 2008, the Western Washington University (WWU) Libraries established an interactive bloglike environment called "14 Days to Have Your Say" with the intention of gathering new ideas and feedback about the...
Ask a Librarian
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ask a Librarian is a monthly feature where librarians have a chance to comment on Computers in Libraries' topic of the month. In this installment, Lisa Kushner, head of technical services at the Forsyth County Public Library...
Ask a Librarian
Ask a Librarian is a monthly feature where librarians have a chance to comment on Computers in Libraries' topic of the month. In this installment, Lisa Kushner, head of technical services at the Forsyth County Public Library in North Carolina, talks...
A Tale of Two Researchers
Innovations in search and retrieval have provided us with some of our most exciting challenges as a profession. Yet even as new tools flood the academic library commons, direct, person-to-person information counseling is still needed, some would say...
A View from the Clouds
It's strange to watch something you've taken for granted for years suddenly become "a thing." Cloud computing is definitely a thing now, but it's not new and it's not even novel. Back when we were first learning about the internet in the 1990s, every...
Better Libraries and Better Budgets through Technology
The current state of the economy has caused an increase in library usage as users flock to their local libraries to seek help for coping in these difficult times. Librarians have seen the rise in circulation of physical materials as well as the increased...
$Ix Preparedness Strategies for Librarians in Tough Economic Times
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It is no secret that library budgets are in a downward spiral like the rest of the economy. Library Journal's recent annual budget survey indicates that per capita funding for libraries will decline 1.6%, and total library...
Keeping Current in the New Decade
Keeping current is part of our job. This includes knowing what resources are available and knowing what holidays are coming up. Lately, it also includes knowing what place our library is occupying in online conversation. While we still put our press...
Leveraging Technology for Success in a Challenging Economy
The global economic crisis of the past 2 years has brought harsh circumstances to most libraries, calling into question many of the ways that we allocate resources. Lean budgets force us to devise strategies that make the very most of the resources...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsThe American Library Association announced that Paula T. Kaufman is the recipient of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. This award recognizes an academic librarian who has made significant contributions in the...
Online Treasures
Better Libraries and Better Budgets Through TechnologyThe current state of the economy has caused an increase in library usage as users flock to their local libraries to seek help for coping in these difficult times. Librarians have seen the rise in...
Project Lefty: More Bang for the Search Query
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the aggregate, libraries spend vast amounts of money on electronic databases. In the aggregate, they are not utilized as extensively or efficiently as we librarians would like them to be. Traditional federated search has...
SIX Preparedness Strategies for Librarians in Tough Economic Times
Thinking pessimistically taking defensive action are, understandable first reactions to this difficult time-but they are probably not the actions that will serve your library and your' community well in the long run.It is no secret that library budgets...
Tech Tips for Every Librarian
Keeping Current in the New DecadeKeeping current is part of our job. This includes knowing what resources are available and knowing what holidays are coming up. Lately, it also includes knowing what place our library is occupying in online conversation.While...
The Modernization of Signs: A Library Leads the Way to Networked Digital Signage
Like the 1970s rock group Five Man Electrical Band said, "Sign, sign, everywhere a sign." Whether the average person views 300 marketing messages a day or 3,000, advertisements are commonplace and prevalent. At Winona State University's Krueger Library,...
When the Going Gets Tough, the Staff Needs More Training
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As the learning and development coordinator for the Charlotte Mecklenburg (N.C.) Library, it's my job to ensure that our staff of more than 500 has access to quality and meaningful training opportunities. Over the past few...
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