Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 3, March

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, Stacey Greenwell, head of the Information Commons (the Hub) at the University of Kentucky, talks about...
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, Stacey Greenwell, head of the Information Commons (the Hub) at the University of Kentucky, talks about...
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Targets Library Internet Speeds
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is helping libraries in seven states bring their internet connections up-to-speed with a new pilot program that ensures low-income individuals have access to online job applications and other opportunities. ...
Computer Labs in Libraries
Librarians are all too aware of the changes that technology has brought to libraries and library services. Many traditional library services that used to require a visit to the library have either moved online or require, at most, a quick stop to the...
Embrace the Chaos
As anyone who follows my column knows, I work at a very large and famous university. And I like to comment on what happens here. Although the library I manage is not a large one, working at the University of California--Berkeley places me in the middle...
Give Your Technology Program a Little Class!
Are traditional libraries being forced to change due to the demand for modern technology? What if I say to you that in today's society, technology is the key to the success and growth of traditional libraries? That is true for the Orange County (Fla.)...
Give Your Technology Program a Little 'Class'!
Are traditional libraries being forced to change due to the demand for modern technology? What if I say to you that in today's society technology is the key to the success and growth of traditional libraries? That is true for the Orange County (Fla.)...
How to Rewrite Software-And When Not To
Nobody ever accused me of being a great coder. I've picked up some skills over the years and have seen little decisions lead to big problems, so I've learned a lot of what an experienced programmer should know about the fundamentals. Do comment on...
Imagine > Invent > Program > Share: A LIBRARY-HOSTED COMPUTER CLUB PROMOTES 21ST-CENTURY LITERACY SKILLS
Bridging the literacy gap will require that we re-evaluate our perspectives and reinvent our practices to better prepare our youth for fully participatory lives in the years ahead.During at least one afternoon each month, Wilmette (111.) Public Library...
Imagine>invent>program>share: A Library-Hosted Computer Club Promotes 21st-Century Literacy Skills: Bridging the Literacy Gap Will Require That We Re-Evaluate Our Perspectives and Reinvent Our Practices to Better Prepare Our Youth for Fully Participatory Lives in the Years Ahead
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] During at least one afternoon each month, Wilmette (Ill.) Public Library (WPL)--where I serve as web manager and teen librarian--hosts a local group of computer programmers, designers, and artists,...
Libraries as Labs
Libraries have always existed at the juncture between knowledge consumption and knowledge creation. In the past, many book and article readers were also researchers and authors themselves. But the world has never before seen so many people able to...
Library Automation in a Difficult Economy
The downturn in the economy has taken its toll on libraries. Even in the best of times, most libraries have to work with budgets that are barely adequate to support their essential activities. In these recent months, the recession has subtracted significant...
Loosening Up and Letting Go
Circulating Technology in Support of a Merged OrganizationWe needed to provide a solution to circulating more than 100 pieces of equipment of varying sizes and complexity-and by letting go and not trying to be experts, we've been successful at providing...
Loosening Up and Letting Go: Circulating Technology in Support of a Merged Organization: We Needed to Provide a Solution to Circulating More Than 100 Pieces of Equipment of Varying Sizes and Complexity-And by Letting Go and Not Trying to Be Experts, We've Been Successful at Providing a Service That Is Highly Valued by Our Campus
In the beginning was the word. And the word was printed on paper and bound into books. And the books circulated from the library. Then came the other stuff--lots of other stuff. Lafayette College is an undergraduate, private liberal arts and engineering...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsBCR announced that Steve Wrede has joined the company in the newly created position of imaging operations manager in the Digital and Preservation Services department. In this role, he will design, implement, and...
Simple Library Lab Lists
As part of my job at a vocational high school, I sometimes teach troubleshooting classes during in-service days. Most of the people I teach are administrators and teachers who use technology every day but who get very little instruction on how to use...
Using Video Games to Teach Game Design: A GAMING COLLECTION FOR LIBRARIES
Games are now able to draw players in and deliver rich stories that evoke real emotions comparable to those evoked by any book or movie.With a forecast value of $10.3 billion by 2011, video gaming has moved from the perspective of a pastime toy to a...
Using Video Games to Teach Games Design: A Gaming Collection for Libraries: Games Are Now Able to Draw Players in and Deliver Rich Stories That Evoke Real Emotions Comparable to Those Evoked by Any Book or Movie
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With a forecast value of $10.3 billion by 2011, video gaming has moved from the perspective of a pastime toy to a driving economic force. The interest in video games has led to an explosion of video-game employees, with more...
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