Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 1, January

Access When and Where They Want It: Using EZproxy to Serve Our Remote Users
In these days of distance learners, virtual libraries, and electronic information, no library can be without some way of providing remote access to affiliated users, whether they are distance students, online students, or local students and faculty...
Ask a Librarian
Ask a Librarian is a monthly feature in which librarians have a chance to com- ment on Computers in Libraries' topic of the month. In this installment, Krista Godfrey, a liaison librarian at McMaster University's Mills Memorial Library, dis- cusses her...
California Law Library Wins GPO Library of the Year Award
The Law Library for San Bernardino County was crowned 2008 Federal Depository Library of the Year by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), making it the first California library to receive the award. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "This really puts...
Checklists for the Distributed Librarian
It's an interesting time to be a librarian. At the same time that information is becoming atomized and zipping around the world at faster and faster speeds, we are discovering that our "localness" is what's being valued and, to some extent, funded....
Checklists for the Distributed Librarian
It's an interesting time to be a librarian. At the same time that information is becoming atomized and zipping around the world at faster and faster speeds, we are discovering that our "localness" is what's being valued and, to some extent, funded. How...
DOING VIRTUAL REFERENCE along with Everything Else
Vrtual reference is a service that makes particular sense in a state like Montana. The fourth-largest state by geographic area but 44th by population in the U.S., it has about one library per 11,392 residents. It is a largely rural state, so even in...
Doing Virtual Reference along with Everything Else: It Was Natural That Virtual Reference Would Be Considered as Yet Another Form of Resource Sharing-The Sharing of Libraians' Expertise Instead of Books or Databases
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Virtual reference is a service that makes particular sense in a state like Montana. The fourth-largest state by geographic area but 44th by population in the U.S., it has about one library per 11,392 residents. It is a largely...
Excellence in Service in the Virtual Library
The internet has enabled us to extend the library's reach outside its walls to the collections of other libraries and to electronic resources. Additionally, the internet has made it possible for patrons to reach into the library from other locations...
Excellence in Service in the Virtual Library
The internet has enabled us to extend the library's reach outside its walls to the collections of other libraries and to electronic resources. Additionally, the internet has made it possible for patrons to reach into the library from other locations...
Focus on Ebooks: Report from the Frankfurt Book Fair
In a decade-long struggle to grasp a foothold, ebooks are finally coming of age in libraries of all kinds. That's what vendor after vendor told me at the Frankfurt Book Fair in mid-October when I went in search of this ebooks update story. Though...
Ils Roundup
In Search of the Next-Gen ILSBy now everyone knows what a next-gen OPAC looks like-pretty much like Amazon.com, complete with book jackets, user reviews, and, if not now then some day soon, recommendations based on user data and maybe even a peek inside...
Marketing the VIRTUAL LIBRARY
By carefully planning and evaluating your library's marketing efforts regarding its virtual presence, you can determine which strategies will get the most bang for your buck.(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)Far more people are familiar with their...
New OA Organization Brings Publishers Together
Proponents of open access (OA) now have an association to call their own. The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) was formed on Oct. 14 with the goal of supporting and representing the interests of OA journal publishers worldwide....
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsThe New Jersey State Library announced that it has chosen three new project specialists to serve at its Library Development Bureau (LDB).David Lisa is now the adult services and urban libraries specialist. In this...
Practical Geek-Keeping, or, How to Hire-And Keep-Good Technical Staff
Recently, I was giving a talk about free software and open source in libraries at a state library consortium meeting. The attendees of the meeting included many library administrators. One of the questions I received after the talk stumped me. Although...
Practical Geek-Keeping, or, How to Hire-And Keep-Good Technical Staff: Nobody Likes to Invest Time and Energy on a Substantial Project Only to See It Thrown Away, Ignored, or Forgotten for Some Higher Priority System
Recently, I was giving a talk about free software and open source in libraries at a state library consortium meeting. The attendees of the meeting included many library administrators. One of the questions I received after the talk stumped me. Although...
Reference Diagnostics for a Virtual World
Change has been the one constant of the Web 2,0 era. New interactive technologies and whole new ideas of community are emerging on the web - these are the kinds of innovations that we have come to expect. The pace is fast, and we are constantly tempted...
Reference Diagnostics for a Virtual World: Having a Systematic Plan for Diagnosing Both Organizational Issues and Technologies Helps Us Discover How and When to Jump in, Whether Quickly or Cautiously
Change has been the one constant of the Web 2.0 era. New interactive technologies and whole new ideas of community are emerging on the web--these are the kinds of innovations that we have come to expect. The pace is fast, and we are constantly tempted...
Testing the Off-Site Experience, or, How Well Do You Proxy?
In the simplest sense, specifying appropriate IP addresses amounts to the difference between users being connected to the full text they are looking for or being asked for $40 for an article.Almost everything is now available online. That is a good thing...
Testing the Off-Site Experience, or, How Well Do You Proxy? in the Simplest Sense, Specifying Appropriate IP Addresses Amounts to the Difference between Users Being Connected to the Full Text They Are Looking for or Being Asked for $40 for an Article
Almost everything is now available online. That is a good thing in most circumstances because we are no longer limited to serving users within just physical spaces. This proves to be a wonderful benefit for users, but sometimes it doesn't always work...
The Growing Trend toward Larger-Scale Cooperative Library Automation
As I follow the library automation arena, one of the trends that I notice involves the movement toward more libraries cooperating to share automation systems. Libraries have a long history of cooperating in order to provide improved services to their...
The Growing Trend toward Larger-Scale Cooperative Library Automation: This Reshaping of the Library Automation Landscape Should Result in Lower Costs for Libraries and Access to Larger Collections of Resources for Patrons
As I follow the library automation arena, one of the trends that I notice involves the movement toward more libraries cooperating to share automation systems. Libraries have a long history of cooperating in order to provide improved services to their...
Using TEXT MESSAGES to Communicate with Patrons
Integrating text messaging capability into your website and integrated library system is an easy way to open new avenues of communications with your patrons.Text messaging is an ideal communications method for libraries, which often want to send short,...
Using Text Messages to Communicate with Patrons: Integrating Text Messaging Capability into Your Website and Integrated Library System Is an Easy Way to Open New Avenues of Communications with Your Patrons
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Text messaging is an ideal communications method for libraries, which often want to send short, concise messages to their patrons near and far. Uses for text messaging in libraries include reminders about items' due dates,...
Virtuality
This month, Computers in Libraries takes a look at the technologies behind virtual library services. For many libraries--maybe even most--having a virtual presence within the community starts first with the library's public website or the company's...
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