Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 10, December

Ebooks: Think Mobile
The mainstream adoption of ebooks and mobile reading devices is challenging librarians to incorporate mobile perspectives into library workflows and to build collections that meet the needs of mobile readers. Ebooks are not new to libraries; however,...
Ebook Update and Outlook: Considering Your Digital Collection Strategies
Just about 2 years ago, I published a story here (CIL, January 2009) about the--high levels of excitement demonstrated at the 2008 Frankfurt Book Fair over ebooks. I returned to the fair this fall, where excitement continues to grow along with ebook...
Ebook Update and Outlook: Considering Your Digital Collection Strategies
Whether yours is a public, academic, special, or government library, ebooks will be an increasingly important element in your collection in the years ahead.At least that's what the ebook vendors told me during recent interviews. Some librarians would...
First Sale Rights: AUTODESK, REDBOX, AND THE FUTURE OF LIBRARIES
We need to work to get legislation passed that protects libraries' right to lend.In 2010, two cases were working their way through the U.S. court system. What these particular cases had in common was this: They involved the right of first sale- the legal...
First Sale Rights: Autodesk, Redbox, and the Future of Libraries: We Need to Work to Get Legislation Passed That Protects Libraries' Right to Lend
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In 2010, two cases were working their way through the U.S. court system. What these particular cases had in common was this: They involved the right of first sale--the legal structure that allows libraries to lend copyrighted...
Librarians Forever!
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The rumored death of librarianship caused by the advent of technology has not, and will not, come to pass. In fact, technology has exponentially increased the librarian's ability to provide library service. The core of library...
Living and Thriving in the Long Tail
Wired magazine has ebbed and flowed as a trendsetter over the years, and every now and then its writers and editors come up with a useful moniker for the times we live in. One of my favorites is the theory of the "long tail," popularized and perpetuated...
Location @ Your Library
Donna Ekart and I have both been very excited by geolocation data and how you can use it to enhance services and outreach for your library. The more I've been reading about what's coming down the pike, the more I've been getting excited about things...
Location @Your Library
Donna Ekart and I have both been very excited by geolocation data and how you can use it to enhance services and outreach for your library. The more I've been reading about what's coming down the pike, the more I've been getting excited about things...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsAMAZON IS EXTENDING ITS ?-READING PLATFORM TO INCLUDE SHORT WORKS AND DIGITAL PAMPHLETS. AMAZON IS LAUNCHING KINDLE SINGLES, WHICH ARE KINDLE ROOKS THAT ARE CHARACTERIZED AS 10,000 TO 30,000 WORDS (ROUGHLY 30 TO...
Riding the Cycles
I'm in transit as I write this, returning from my ninth trip to Canada for the annual Access conference. It's been my favorite library tech conference since I first attended in 1999, back when I was a new librarian who was full of ideas that I thought...
Smart-World Technologies and the VALUE of LIBRARIANSHIP
Even Librarians like me have to ask Is this technology serving us, or are we serving this technology?IT SEEMS THAT much of modern library practice is trapped on a treadmill of technological progress. If one is not constantly scanning the technological...
Smart-World Technologies and the Value of Librarianship: Even Librarians like Me Have to Ask, 'Is This Technology Serving Us, or Are We Serving This Technology?'
IT SEEMS THAT much of modern library practice is trapped on a treadmill of technological progress. If one is not constantly scanning the technological environment for the next big thing and working diligently to implement it, the gnawing fear of obsolescence...
The Special Libraries Association (SLA) Announced That It Has Inducted Three Members into Its Hall of Fame
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Special Libraries Association (SLA) announced that it has inducted three members into its Hall of Fame. The 2010 inductees are Guy St. Clair, Judith Field, and John Ganly. According to the press release, this recognition...
The Value of Libraries
I've been fortunate to find a career in a kind of organization that makes a positive contribution to society. Of all the ways to make a living, working in a university whose mission involves teaching and research appeals to me more than other career...
Why the World Needs Libraries
As a librarian, I believe deeply in the value of libraries, both now and in the future. However, new technologies have led some to question the need for libraries. The argument is that information queries can be answered through the internet while...
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