Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 10, November/December

A Task Management System to Cure Your 'Webmaster Blues'
To manage Web site update requests, we implemented an automated task management system to go from an ad-hoc 'everything's an emergency' chaos to an orderly first-come, first-served process. Along the way, we discovered some unexpected benefits to this...
Bar Codes: A Relic of the 20th Century
The technology already exists to replace bar codes with RFID tags. Carol was on the reference desk one day when a fellow called to ask that a book be placed on hold for him. Carol asked him to read the bar code on his library card to her. "OK," the fellow...
Can We Cook Up a Polytechnic Portal from Scratch? Can Lah!
Using ingredients we had on hand, we enhances the productivity of our library and of ourselves by serving up one-stop information gateway for our users. We found that good research, flexibility, and communication were a recipe for success. When the Temasek...
Going Back to Our Roots
EDITOR'S NOTES Here at CIL Headquarters we've been pondering just what this magazine is about. To me, the focus has always been on the library systems; on all the computers that make everything else run. The software is essential too of course, as are...
Good and Bad Examples of Government Portals
Not all government portals are created equal. I wrote about "Portals, Vortals, and Mere Mortals" in my February 2001 column (p. 46) and praised the well-designed and customizable portals and vortals. In the 18 months since I have seen an explosion of...
Managing Your Web Site Management Training
Training for systems administrators can help promote good overall site management. OK, all you training folks out there: How many of you train staff on how to manage your Web sites? Do I see any hands, or tentative fingers, going up? Not sure? Let's...
Once upon a Time, Librarians Managed Card Catalogs
"Managing a library Web site is not easy, but anyone who has worked hard at the profession and done the job well knows that being a librarian has never been easy." Think back, if you will, to those thrilling days of yesteryear when, instead of managing...
Test, Edit, Repeat: Steps to Improve Your Web Site
I have written hundreds of memos, letters, and reports in my professional career. Each of these documents required at least two or three drafts before the text was suitable for its audience. Web site design is similar in process: A library's first Web...
Why Linux Works for Libraries
If you use a personal computer, chances are very high that your machine runs some version of Microsoft's Windows operating system (OS). Or perhaps you're a Mac user, in which case you use some version of Apple's Macintosh OS. For a very long time we...
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