Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 1, January-February

Community Tagging at Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System: Library Staff Uses Encore Feature to Enhance Catalog and User Success
Staff at New Mexico's Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Public Library System (ABCLS) "know their stuff" when it comes to the local area: from Southwest cooking recipes and stone architecture common to the area, to popular books at the local colleges and...
Dawning of the Age of Discovery
Welcome to twenty-ten. The sound that this year makes coming off the tongue has kind of a nice ring to it, don't you think? No more "aught" years for us. And no more years when we ought to be thinking about what libraries could be. It's time to become....
Farewell Dear OPAC, We Barely Knew Ye
When I was working on my master's degree in library science, I took a course on searching electronic databases, specifically Dialog and BRS. At that time, searching was considered to be a skill that required training--not something that could be accomplished...
Fear and Trembling in Connecticut: (Or 'How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Open Source')
Hello. My name is Amy Terlaga, and I am a recovering open-source-ILS-phobe. This is my story. My story begins in March 2007, the month that SirsiDynix notified its Horizon and classic Dynix customers that it would not be releasing Horizon 8.0 in...
From Zero to Web 2.0 Part 3
When we set down the path to our digital makeover, we were optimistic that we could completely revolutionize our library's web presence. We tried to keep our goals manageable, but it turns out we did not quite achieve 100% success. Here is how we...
Helping You Buy ILS
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This is the fourth in a series of articles published annually by Computers in Libraries surveying integrated library systems and services (ILSs). The purpose of the annual survey is to enable comparison of the ILSs that are...
Library Programming with Lego Mindstorms, Scratch, and PicoCricket: Analysis of Best Practices for Public Libraries
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Public libraries are redefining their roles in order to stay relevant to the needs of the communities they serve. The latest advances in technology for children and teens, specifically, robotics sets...
Oklahoma Department of Libraries Wins National Award
The Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL) has been awarded the Federal Depository Library of the Year award by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). The award, which has been given annually since 2003, goes to a library that creatively and...
Online History-Keeping for Outreach and Community Development
Our rapidly evolving digital world inspires much use of nautical terminology: navigation, discovery, the voyage, the new terrain at the end of the journey. Considering how quickly new technologies are arriving on our smartphones, the nautical adventure...
The Day Search Stood' Still
That little rectangle with a button next to it? (I mean those things we call search boxes but might just as well call "resource drains.") Imagine it disappearing from your library's webpages. The intricate works behind these design elements make up...
The State of the Art in Library Discovery 2010
Resource discovery tops the charts as the foremost issue within the realm of library automation. As a new year commences, I see a more pressing need to accelerate the pace with which libraries deliver content and services in ways that our users will...
Three Things to Watch for in 2010
It's a new year, and as I write this I'm deep in the thick of "best of lists from last year. I'm a music junkie, so every "best music of 2009" list is a chance for me to find records I might have missed or to see my own favorites reflected in the taste-makers'...
What Is the What with Widgets?
Over the past few years, we have seen many libraries and librarians learning how to create multipurpose content for the web. Whether your library writes a blog, updates with Twitter, makes instructional videos on Vimeo, or shares photos via Flickr,...
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