Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 6, June 6

Building a Digital Library on a Shoestring
With technology costs so high, how is it possible to create a digital library without breaking the budget? At the University of South Carolina, this is just what we were determined to figure out. The enthusiasm was there, but no one was offering...
Comprehensive Cost Planning Yields Successful Tech Projects
No library that I'm aware of has money to burn. Though funding levels remain modest, libraries continually have demands to improve existing services and to deliver new ones. Increasingly, these services involve the use of technology. Consistent with...
Facing Budget Cuts: Must We Rob Peter to Pay Paul?
Even in the best of times, librarians have to be concerned about funding. The old adage "what goes up, must come down" has proven itself to be true all too often when it comes to funding for libraries. Here in Pennsylvania, public libraries have been...
How to Write for Computers in Libraries
* To learn more about CIL magazine and the types of articles we want, read the FAQ on our Web site at http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/faq.htm. * If you have an idea for an article that would fit our needs and style, look at our themes for the 2006...
Life without a Systems Office
Now if there were ever a misleading title for a column, this is the best one yet. I work in a vast campus information ecology, which includes not only a huge library systems office but also central campus computing, shared UNIX services, CalMail, Webfiles,...
Need More Money?
Does anyone out there have more money than they need? Can I have a show of hands, please? OK, I don't see any hands going up out there. What a surprise. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's become a running joke (although not a funny one) that libraries...
Online Cool on a Budget
For many of us, just getting a basic library Web site online, let alone keeping it updated, is an achievement to be proud of. Without the time, resources, or staff to devote to creating jazzy Web pages, it has been difficult for a lot of libraries...
Rustling Up a Web Site without Much Money: We Accidentally Found One of the Most Important Things We Needed to Rebuild Our Web Site-Someone Who Would Take the Time to Understand Our Needs So That the Technology Solution Would Work in Our Organization
In order to meet students' expectations for online resources and applications, many small libraries face the dilemma of needing a Web presence without having the funds, staff, and technology infrastructure to support it. Lakeland College, a small,...
Students Beat the Queue and Produce Their Own Library Cards: In the Past, It Took the Library Service Staff around 2 Weeks Each Autumn to Produce Cards for the Main Intake of Undergraduates. with the Low-Cost System I Created, We Achieved Roughly a Fourfold Increase in Output
The University of Bath is located 1.5 miles away from the center of the city of Bath in the U.K. The city is also about 2 centuries away, as it is famous for its crescents of 18th-century, honey-colored stone town houses and the Georgian society portrayed...
The Helping You Buy Series Comparing Competing Library Technology Products Your Guide to Vendor Product Facts: June: Security-Control Software
For the February 2005 issue of Computers in Libraries (CIL), I had compiled a Helping You Buy section on PC management software products from 14 different companies. Whereas that section had a fairly broad scope, this one will be more tightly focused...
The Weakest Link: Is It Your Web Site?
In little more than a decade, Web sites have become integral to many digital library collections and services. Even if a Web site is not the destination point for an information resource, library users often interact with Web sites in the process of...
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