Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 7, September

ALA Report: Libraries Confront Mobile Future
"There's an App for That! Libraries and Mobile Technology: An Introduction to Public Policy Considerations," an American Library Association (ALA) policy brief released in June, highlights the need for librarians to make their catalogs available to...
California Digital Library in Twitter -Land
Social bookmarking is now an integrated part of how we interact with the communities we serve and also the wider world of people we don't yet know.In October 2009, California Digital Library (CDL), where I serve as manager of strategic and project planning,...
California Digital Library in Twitter-Land: Social Bookmarking Is Now an Integrated Part of How We Interact with the Communities We Serve and Also the Wider World of People We Don't Yet Know
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In October 2009, California Digital Library (CDL), where I serve as manager of strategic and project planning, jumped into the world of social networking by joining Twitter. From Twitter, we publish the content of our monthly...
Facebook vs. Twitter: Battle of the Social Network Stars
Many questions occupied my thoughts when discussing libraries and social networking. Should a library choose one over the other? Does one service have greater value or return on your investment? Wass there an easy way to do both?Twitter. Facebook. These...
Facebook vs. Twitter: Battle of the Social Network Stars: Many Questions Occupied My Thoughts When Discussing Libraries and Social Networking. Should a Library Choose One over the Other? Does One Service Have Greater Value or Return on Your Investment? Was There an Easy Way to Do Both?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Twitter. Facebook. These names stir up feelings, opinions, and experiences in just about all of us. Some love Twitter or Facebook more than life itself, while others merely have a passing fancy in these services. Regardless...
Flickr Four by Four
I've looked back at the last few years of columns and found that we haven't talked about how to use Flickr very often. That's interesting, because I think that, of all the social applications, it's the most flexible and has the most potential for serendipitous...
Getting More and More Social
We turn once again this month to the topic of social media, social networking, and how libraries can tap into this enduring trend. A year ago, when we set the theme for this issue, we asked librarians in the field to "go beyond the apps," by which...
Getting over the Hump
I'm obsessed with the idea of librarians becoming better coders. It's not something every librarian needs to do, but if even a small fraction of our colleagues can do a little more "under the hood" of the systems we depend on to deliver services to...
Keep Up with the Tech Set
Neal-Schuman recently released The Tech Set, a series of 10 compact books edited by Ellyssa Kroski and written by various luminaries in the world of modern library technology. Each of these books applies a user-friendly, five-step approach to understanding...
Learning by Watching 2.0 Community Builders
It's been interesting to note that even as the most popular social media tools have become household names, those very same tools are now finding themselves criticized or even trivialized in the press. A prime example is Facebook's public agony over...
Noted & Quoted
The American Library Association announced the results of its election for president and treasurer of ALA. Molly Raphael is the new president-elect for 2011-2012. She will serve one term as president after the 2011 Annual Conference and then will serve...
Social Networking in the Library-What Is It Good For?
Even if a librarian wanted to ignore the social networking trend in libraries, it would be difficult to do so. Nearly every library homepage has links to its presence on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and other social networks. The Library of Congress...
Synergy: Creating a Library Website with Social Interaction and a Collection Focus
This article focuses on the process of redesigning the ALD website--the steps taken and decisions made in order to create a site that incorporates interactive elements and patron input and that uses an open sources content management system (Drupal)....
Taking the Social Web to the Next Level
One of the ideas that I have been cultivating for the last few years involves taking the investment that libraries have made in social networking and other Web 2.0 technologies to a more sophisticated and mature stage. It's clear that social network...
Using Social Networks to Create Powerful Learning Communities
TODAY'S ELECTRONIC SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS ALLOW FOR FAR GREATER AND SOFTER ACCESS TO PEOPLE AND RESOURCES THAN WAS PREVIOUSLY POSSIBLE.Regular readers of Computers in Libraries are aware that social networks are forming increasingly important linkages to...
Using Social Networks: To Create Powerful Learning Communities: Today's Electronic Social Media Tools Allow for Far Greater and Swifter Access to People and Resources Than Was Previously Possible
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Regular readers of Computers in Libraries are aware that social networks are forming increasingly important linkages to professional and personal development in all libraries. Live and virtual social networks have become the...
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