Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 2, March

Add Rich Media to Mobile Resources, but Monitor Workflow Patterns
Digital librarians staked their first claim in mobile services by making online catalogs and aggregated journal collections accessible. "Mobilizing" these two core services has been an excellent strategy on a couple of levels. First, experimentation...
Content: Integration Creating a Scalable Common Platform for Information Resources
Academic, government, and corporate librarians organize and leverage internal resources and content through institutional repositories and library catalogs. Getting more value and usage from the content they license is a key goal. However, the ever-growing...
COSLA Finds 39% of Libraries Lack Ebooks
The Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) Ebook Task Force reported findings of a nationwide survey that found 39% of libraries in the U.S. do not offer any kind of downloadable media, including ebooks, audiobooks, or videos. In the survey...
Discovering Discovery Tools
I am about to date myself here, but I remember the days of the card catalog. In many libraries, particularly those with more than one floor, there were separate card catalogs for specific areas. To search the collection in the children's room, it was...
Extensibility
There have been a ton of articles, blog posts, and Twitter threads lately about what people did or did not learn in library school. Initially I was completely on board with the "didn't learn" lists. "Yeah, I didn't learn anything useful in library...
Help Central: Creating a Help Desk & Knowledge Portal in SharePoint
Last June we published an article in this magazine called "Harnessing the Power of SharePoint for Library Applications." In that article we outlined how and why we were just beginning to use SharePoint at our library, and we shared some basic SharePoint...
Lessons from Steve Jobs: A Digital Framework for Tapping into Patrons' Emotions
For the past 2 weeks, I've been plowing through Steve Jobs' biography by Walter Isaacson. Like many people, I'm a bit fascinated by Jobs and the contradictions between his masterful skill as a passionate and inspiring innovator and the wrath he could...
Looking Forward to the Next Generation of Discovery Services
Discovery services have come a long way in improving the ways that libraries provide patrons with access to their collections. This genre of software has become pretty well established since its introduction almost a decade ago. Libraries are increasingly...
Shaking Up Expectations: The OLCLS Shake It! App: Debbie Began Considering the Possibility of Applying the Urbanspoon Concept to the Creation of a Library App. and Thus the Challenge Was Given to Me and My Information Systems Department
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I was given the challenge to create a library mobile app around the 2009 holiday season. At that time, Sheri Chambers, digital content manager in the information systems department, and Debbie Moss, assistant director of the...
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