Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 4, May

10% Wrong for 90% Done
A practical approach to collection dedupingInvestment in open source paid off for libraries beyond South Carolina, creating a single, more coherent collection out of many.The technology of the 21st century has had no shortage of challenges for libraries,...
10% Wrong for 90% Done: A Practical Approach to Collection Deduping: Investment in Open Source Paid off for Libraries beyond South Carolina, Creating a Single, More Coherent Collection out of Many
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The technology of the 21st century has had no shortage of challenges for libraries, but it has also brought opportunities. Operating systems, databases, and application environments that can use cheap off-the-shelf hardware...
Are Librarians Becoming Curators?
Librarians are well aware of the public debate about whether libraries are still needed when nearly everyone has easy access to the internet for both casual questions and detailed research. Ebooks finally appear to be gaining momentum as well, further...
Awards
The Association of College and Research Libraries announced that Paula T. Kaufman was named the 2012 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award of $5,000, sponsored by YBP Library Services, recognizes a librarian who has made national or international...
Berklee College of Music Archives: Preserving the Past and Learning for the Future: When the History of the College Is Available for the Berklee Community, and the Broader Music and Educational Communities, Via the Archives, Berklee Will Be Able to Point to Its Past in Support of Its Present Role
What are those?". I turned in my chair to see Sebastian, a student worker, asking about the copies of old Down Beat magazines that I, as the library assistant in charge of serials, was adding to our ever-growing collection. "Can I have a look?"...
Considering the Cloud and the Greater Computing Atmosphere
Cloud computing is one of those IT terms that can generate as much awe and enthusiasm in an organization as it can create confusion and anticipation. As a concept, it is aptly named. Like a cloud, it has lightweight implications. It lifts some of the...
Considering the Cloud and the Greater Computing Atmosphere: Indeed, When Considering Cloud-Computing Options, There Are Definitely a Lot of Variables and Issues to Be Familiar With
Cloud computing is one of those IT terms that can generate as much awe and enthusiasm in an organization as it can create confusion and anticipation. As a concept, it is aptly named. Like a cloud, it has lightweight implications. It lifts some of the...
From Disaster Recovery to Digital Preservation
Over the course of my career, I've seen libraries increasingly involved in digital content. Today, hardly any aspect of what libraries do remains untouched. Collections have shifted from physical to digital forms, though not necessarily uniformly. This...
From Disaster Recovery to Digital Preservation: Libraries Face Enormous Challenges in Finding Ways to Preserve Their Collections as They Move More Deeply into the Digital Arena
Over the course of my career, I've seen libraries increasingly involved in digital content. Today, hardly any aspect of what libraries do remains untouched. Collections have shifted from physical to digital forms, though not necessarily uniformly....
Ifttt: If This, Then What?
As the communications person at my library, I spend a lot of time going back and forth between various online services. Most of my day is spent talking and listening, reading and responding, and writing and sending. I wouldn't change it one bit. As...
Migrating the Barnard Library Zine Collection Website to Drupal
Though the process of evolving an old site to a new one can be iterative and time-intensive, we think our work on the Barnard Library Zine Collection website demonstrates that it can be very worthwhile.In winter 2009, Barnard College began the process...
Migrating the Barnard Library Zine Collection Website to Drupal: Though the Process of Evolving an Old Site to a New One Can Be Iterative and Time-Intensive, We Think Our Work on the Barnard Library Zine Collection Website Demonstrates That It Can Be Very Worthwhile
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In winter 2009, Barnard College began the process of adopting Drupal 7 as its content management system. The move included Barnard Library's Zine Collection website, an information resource dedicated to the library's special...
Noted & Quoted
The Special Libraries Association (SLA) announced that it has named Scott Brown, Ann Cullen, Ruth Kneale, Chris Olson, and Roberto Sarmiento as fellows. This title is given in recognition of past services.Scott Brown is owner and founder of Social Information...
Preserving the Past and Learning for the Future
Berklee College of Music ArchivesWhat are those?"I turned in my chair to see Sebastian, a student worker, asking about the copies of old Down Beat magazines that I, as the library assistant in charge of serials, was adding to our ever-growing collection."Can...
The Special Libraries Association (SLA)
The Special Libraries Association (SLA) announced that it has named Scott Brown, Ann Cullen, Ruth Kneale, Chris Olson, and Roberto Sarmiento as fellows. This title is given in recognition of past services. Scott Brown is owner and founder of Social...
Web-Scale Library Consortia Lead the Way
Last year, I wrote about the ascendance of HathiTrust as a banner initiative for broadlevel collaboration. Lately, as I have watched the trust grow, I have been thinking about how digital library development has increasingly become a hybrid proposition...
Web-Scale Library Consortia Lead the Way: Our Challenge Is to Leverage Our Growing Consortia to Push New Services to Our Users and to Deliver Cost Savings for Our Operations
Last year, I wrote about the ascendance of HathiTrust as a banner initiative for broad-level collaboration. Lately, as I have watched the trust grow, I have been thinking about how digital library development has increasingly become a hybrid proposition...
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