Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 10, November-December

Ask a Librarian
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ask a Librarian is a monthly feature where librarians have a chance to comment on Computers in Libraries' topic of the month. In this installment, Robin Hastings, the information systems coordinator at the Missouri River Regional...
Be Creative, Determined, and Wise: Open Library Publishing and the Global South
Libraries throughout the world are increasingly involved in the production of scholarly publications. Much of this has been thanks to the growth of open access (OA) publishing in all its forms, from peer-reviewed "gold" journals to "green" self-archiving,...
Big Stuff
We thought seriously--albeit briefly--about calling this issue Colossal Endeavors, since so many of our contributors have come forward with grand ideas this month, often couched in a visionary context: * How to train a distributed userbase without...
Bing or Bust: Can Microsoft Cure 'Search Overload Syndrome'? It Was, in Fact, Librarians Who Introduced the World to the Concept of Categorized Search. It Was Librarians Who Carried the Torch, Stubbornly Insisting on Cataloging Things in an Age of Metatags and Keyword Searching
The internet is a big place, and it is quickly growing. Last year, Google systems hit a milestone when they discovered their 1 trillionth unique URL--a staggering number when you stop to consider that only 10 years earlier, Google was a Silicon Valley...
European Commission Opens Forum on EU Digital Library
Words of Wisdom 'GLOBALIZATION HAS CHANGED US INTO A COMPANY THAT SEARCHES THE WORLD, NOT JUST TO SELL OR TO SOURCE, BUT TO FIND INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL--THE WORLD'S BEST TALENTS AND GREATEST IDEAS.' --Jack Welch, former CEO, General Electric European...
Leveraging Multimedia at Millipore: We Continue to Learn New Ways to Improve Our Training Methods and Create More Efgective Training Materials, Keeping in Mind the Global Reach They Both Will Have
Millipore Corp. -- a global company of 6,100 employees for which I serve as the science and patent information specialist--supplies products and expertise that span the research, development, and production stages in the life science research and biologic...
Library Automation Facilitation: A Case Stuy of NIT Libraries in India: Automation Makes the Library Systems, Resources, and Services More Attractive and Interactive, Helping Libraries to Meet Their User's Expectations
India is a huge country with a population of more than 1 billion. In India, by tradition, education and learning are highly valued. In fact, India has one of the largest higher education systems in the world, with regard to the number of institutions....
Not Just Your Neighborhood Library
The internet has extended the reach of the library beyond its physical walls, causing librarians and library users to expect that anything can be obtained from anywhere. To facilitate resource sharing and to also, hopefully, save money, libraries have...
The Advance of Computing from the Ground to the Cloud
A trend toward the abstraction of computing platforms that has been developing in the broader IT arena over the last few years is just beginning to make inroads into the library technology scene. Cloud computing offers for libraries many interesting...
The Hive Mind
One of the best pieces of advice I give to librarians and new tech learners alike is this: When you get an error message on your computer, Google it. This is an oversimplification of a larger piece of wisdom: If you are having trouble with your...
The New Synergy between Print and the Web
The future of the publishing industry and the profession of journalism are hot topics these days. Those of us with intact long-term memory faculties will recall equally heated and ongoing debates about the future of libraries and our own profession,...
Web 2.0, Library 2.0, Library User 2.0, Librarian 2.0: Innovative Services for Sustainable Libraries
It seems difficult to now imagine a world without the internet. Since its widespread public adoption in the 1990s, the internet has inextricably woven itself into every facet of human existence, influencing and in some ways reshaping every aspect of...
When Books Are Your Friends
Recently, I resumed studying two languages I'd studied when I was younger. I never quite reached fluency in either and have long regretted that. So now I'm taking classes for one language at a local study center, and I'm sitting in on a weekly language...
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