Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 3, March

An Update on Open Source ILS
IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, SOME VIABLE OPEN SOURCE INTEGRATED LIBRARY SYSTEMS HAVE EMERGED TO CHALLENGE THE COMMERCIAL OFFERINGS.It was about 4 years ago that I last devoted a column to open source alternatives for integrated library systems (October 2002...
An Update on Open Source ILS: In the Last Few Years, Some Viable Open Source Integrated Library Systems Have Emerged to Challenge the Commercial Offerings
It was about 4 years ago that I last devoted a column to open source alternatives for integrated library systems (October 2002 in Information Today). A lot has happened in this arena in the last year, so it's time once again. Open Source Defined...
Buy the Book
In previous columns, we've discussed a number of online resources to help you get going and get up-to-speed with current technologies. Sometimes, though, it's also useful to have a print reference or two at hand. The library literature is starting to...
By Digitizing, Are We Trading Future Accessibility for Current Availability?
Sometimes I feel that I am becoming a technology curmudgeon. I don't just jump on the bandwagon at each announcement of a new technology; instead I wait to see if it has any advantages besides being new. But upon reflection, I realize that my attitudes...
Cool Tips for Digital Curators
IN THE WORLD OF SCANNING AND BUILDING DIGITAL COLLECTIONS, WE 'DIGITAL CURATORS' ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER.Scanning, converting, "ingesting," and preserving: They're not going away anytime soon. In fact, these tasks have grown in importance, complexity-and...
Cool Tips for Digital Curators: In the World of Scanning and Building Digital Collections, We 'Digital Curators' Are More Important Than Ever
Scanning, converting, "ingesting," and preserving: They're not going away anytime soon. In fact, these tasks have grown in importance, complexity--and prestige. Nonetheless, the fact remains that some solid work with a laptop and scanner will get you...
Digging into Digitizing
We scan documents in order to have digital copies that we imagine will still be around after our paper fades and crumbles. But the task is not as simple as it sounds; it's not just like making a photocopy. Of course, the technologies for the task of...
File Formats and the Librarian's Supersuit
Last month we started to sketch out blueprints for designing libraries in computers, and arrived at a conclusion that all of the content in these dynamic libraries will be "pulsing content." This means that items go away and come back unpredictably,...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsThe National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced that Karen A. Wetzel will be its first standards program manager. In this role, she will manage the process of standards development, oversee the...
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! Overview of a Digital Project from Start to Finish
When this marathon project was completed, GSU Library had realized its two goals: creating preservation copies of the volumes and, by developing a digital library system, providing searchable online versions of these publications for interested users...
On Your Mark, Get Set Go! Overview of a Digital Project from Start to Finish: When This Marathon Project Was Completed, GSU Library Had Realized Its Two Goals: Creating Preservation Copies of the Volumes and, by Developing a Digital Library System, Providing Searchable Online Versions of These Publications for Interested Users All over the World
When this marathon project was completed, GSU Library had realized its two goals: creating preservation copies of the volumes and, by developing a digital library system, providing searchable online versions of these publications for interested users...
SCANNING for Digitization Projects
Making good scans means doing more than just pressing buttons. If you understand what software to choose, which file formats to use, and what the specifications really mean, you can create digital images with optimal quality.Librarians and archivists...
Scanning for Digitization Projects: Making Good Scans Means Doing More Than Just Pressing Buttons. If You Understand What Software to Choose, Which File Formats to Use, and What the Specifications Really Mean, You Can Create Digital Images with Optimal Quality
Librarians and archivists find themselves facing the prospect of digitization. Everyone is doing it, everyone needs it. Discussions rage nationally and internationally concerning what to digitize and the best means to present and retain digital objects....
Weaving Past into the Present by Digitizing Local History
Digitization is in the news these days. Google's doing it, and Microsoft is too. Some may think you need to be a gigantic corporation or huge university to tackle this technology. But in reality, institutions of all sizes can jump into the fray. Here...
Weaving the Past into the Present by Digitizing Local History
"SINCE ITS HUMBLE BEGINNING, DIGITAL PAST HAS NOW GROWN INTO A LARGE CENTRALIZED COLLABORATION THAT CONSISTS OF 32 LIBRARIES AND A MUSEUM AS ITS PRIMARY CONTRIBUTORS."Digitization is in the news these days. Google's doing it, and Microsoft is too. Some...
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