Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 1, January

A Serious Look at Systems Security
It was 7 a.m. on a sunny fall day when Nancy wandered in, ready to print the thousand postcards in time for the postman's visit. That early there is rarely anyone else around. All the lights are off. If we're lucky the custodian has started a pot of...
A Serious Look at Systems Security. (the View from the Top Left Corner)
It was 7 a.m. on a sunny fall day when Nancy wandered in, ready to print the thousand postcards in time for the postman's visit. That early there is rarely anyone else around. All the lights are off. If we're lucky the custodian has started a pot of...
California Digital Library and Berkeley Electronic Press Announce Partnership
NEWSLINE The California Digital Library (CDL) and Berkeley Electronic Press have announced a partnership in which CDL will make a suite of electronic publishing tools from the Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) available to University of California...
Catching (and Keeping!) E-Patrons
Lurinq people to the library requires more than dropping your bait and waiting to reel patrons in--thanks to the Internet, it's become a competitive sport. E-commerce has empowered average customers. No longer are they relegated to choosing from...
Distant and Distributed Learners Are Two Sides of the Same Coin
"IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DISTANT AND ON-CAMPUS STUDENTS ANYMORE? OR IS THAT DISTINCTION DISAPPEARING IN OUR CURRENT STATE OF ACADEMIC 'WIRED-NESS?" I'll never forget the day when the director of Distance Education and Instructional Services (DEIS)...
Distant and Distributed Learners Are Two Sides of the Same Coin: "Is There a Difference between Distant and On-Campus Students Anymore? or Is That Distinction Disappearing in Our Current State of Academic 'Wired-Ness?'"
I'll never forget the day when the director of Distance Education and Instructional Services (DEIS) at the University of South Carolina said to me, "We need to take the 'distance' out of DEIS!" I couldn't believe what I was hearing! Take the distance...
EBSCO and ISI Form a Linking Agreement
CONTENT AGREEMENTS EBSCO Subscription Services and IS] have announced a linking agreement that provides researchers another avenue of access to scholarly information. Users can link from the ISI Web of Science to the full text of articles contained on...
From Workbook to Web: Building an Information Literacy Oasis
Students encounter vast quatities of electronic information, but they don't really know how to dring it all in. Here they come again. Thousands of new students arrive at information-rich academic libraries every fall, thirsting for knowledge but not...
From Workbook to Web: Building an Information Literacy Oasis; Students Encounter Vast Quantities of Electronic Information, Buy Don't Really Know How to Drink It All In
Here they come again. Thousands of new students arrive at information-rich academic libraries every fall, thirsting for knowledge but not bringing a cup. They encounter electronic databases, online catalogs, Web sites, multimedia-- water, water everywhere...
How We Stay Ahead of Our Web Users
In early 1996 I was hired to build a "clearinghouse of land and real estate information" for the citizens of British Columbia. This clearinghouse would serve the public as well as specific sub-audiences who were all practitioners of various land-related...
How We Stay Ahead of Our Web Users: Librarian Intermediation, like a Ladder-in-Progress, Is the Basic Framework That Connects Users with the Information They Seek
In early 1996 I was hired to build a "clearinghouse of land and real estate information" for the citizens of British Columbia. This clearinghouse would serve the public as well as specific sub-audiences who were all practitioners of various land-related...
Maintaining Services That Tomorrow's Patrons Will Expect
coming full circle Do Internet users expect more than anyone can really deliver? There's a saying that's been going around for some time now regarding service: Good, Fast, Cheap-Pick Two. Those of us who have finally come to grips with the notion that...
Maintaining Services That Tomorrow's Patrons Will Expect. (Coming Full Circle)
There's a saying that's been going around for some time now regarding service: Good, Fast, Cheap--Pick Two. Those of us who have finally come to grips with the notion that a library cannot be all things to all people like this quote. We can also be...
Meeting Expectations
online treasures We've all faced them at one time or another in our careers-disgruntled patrons ready to tell us in unequivocal terms, and at full volume, just exactly what is wrong with our libraries. We listen, we soothe, and, if we're smart, we try...
Meeting Expectations. (Online Treasures)
We've all faced them at one time or another in our careers--disgruntled patrons ready to tell us in unequivocal terms, and at full volume, just exactly what is wrong with our libraries. We listen, we soothe, and, if we're smart, we try to objectively...
New Laws, New Tools, New Needs: Making Sense of Things at IL 2001
The 5th annual Internet Librarian conference, which took place November 6-8, 2001, was held in Pasadena, California, this year. The conference offered a varied program that appealed to the 1,899 people who attended-a good thing, since it had to compete...
New Laws, New Tools, New Needs: Making Sense of Things at IL 2001. (Newsline Reports)
The 5th annual Internet Librarian conference, which took place November 6-8, 2001, was held in Pasadena, California, this year. The conference offered a varied program that appealed to the 1,899 people who attended--a good thing, since it had to compete...
People & Places
The University of Iowa (UI) Libraries has announced that Amy Cooper is its new special collections librarian. Most recently, Cooper was assistant professor/archivist and special collections librarian at the University of South Dakota's I.D. Weeks...
Today, Customers Reign
Library service sure has changed over the past 10 or 20 years. Remember when it used to be all about books? Now it seems that books are in the background. Today, most of the services that librarians deal with are electronic. Of course I shouldn't complain...
Today, Customers Reign. (Editor's Notes)
Library service sure has changed over the past 10 or 20 years. Remember when it used to be all about books? Now it seems that books are in the background. Today, most of the services that librarians deal with are electronic. Of course I shouldn't...
Working with, Not against, Web-Savvy Users
If you have patrons who think they're so smart about the Internet, fine: Have them work with you to start new services or to maintain some Web pages. That way, everybody wins. These days, librarians are often challenged by the savvy patrons who spend...
Working with, Not against, Web-Savvy Users. (Digital Librarianship)
These days, librarians are often challenged by the savvy patrons who spend hours on the Web every day, exploring new services and products. They are the ones who come to the reference desk asking you if you have seen this new database or tried that...
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