Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 10, November-December

Ask Techman
SM of Johnson City (Tenn.) Public Library asks: Could libraries use GPS to locate books in their collections? techman responds: There are a variety of claims regarding the accuracy of global positioning system receivers. Some say there used to be...
Broadband: Engine for Change: The Broadband Revolution Is a Serious Engine of Change
The era of broadband is upon us. It's not just for libraries anymore; it's for consumers. Broadband connectivity now costs about the price of a telephone line. Indeed, with DSL, it rides right on top of one. Keeping things competitive is cable, which...
Hip, Hipper, Hippest?
Of all our issue themes, I find this one the most fascinating of the year. When we put out the call for articles on Hip High-Tech, we never know what we're going to get. This year, the article queries were very diverse. Since what's uber-hip to some...
ISACSOFT Acquires BiblioMondo to Expand, Diversify
BiblioMondo, a library automation company based in Montreal, has been acquired by ISACSOFT, another Canadian company specializing in e-learning software. Though not especially well-known in the U.S., BiblioMondo is one of the major players in the worldwide...
Library Storage High-Tech Robotic Shelving: This Automated Storage and Retrieval System Offers Nine or Ten Times the Storage Space as Standard Library Shelving
Valparaiso University is located in northwest Indiana, about an hour from downtown Chicago. With about 4,000 students, Valparaiso (Valpo) is primarily an undergraduate institution with professional schools in business, engineering, law, and nursing....
Making over the Desktop and Printing System at Dalhousie: 'Before' and 'After': You Can See That We Needed to Replace Our Groovy 1970s Orange Carpet and the Big Old PCs Too. Today, Our Glamorous Learning Commons Offers New PCs and iMacs in a Much More Attractive Setting
If you could replace all of your public computers with new ones, and quadruple their number at the same time, how would you do it? What if you also had to simultaneously upgrade many of your staffPCs, implement a new and untried printing system, replace...
New Search Technologies-Will One of These Be the Next Big Thing? as a Systems Librarian, I Want Technology That Is Hip Because of What It Does, Not How It Looks
My official job title, library information systems specialist, is definitely a mouthful, so I tend to refer to myself as a systems librarian. I have an M.L.S. and even though I spend most of my time working with technology, I still consider myself...
Now That It's All Digital, Where Do I Put It? Exploring Data Storage Technologies: "Whether You Want to Store a Megabyte, a Gigabyte, or a Terabyte, There Are a Lot of Great Technologies Available Today."
The thing about cutting-edge technology is that it dulls so quickly. The hardware, software, and technology concepts that today seem blazingly fast, superabundant in capacity, or transformative in their effects will in just a few short years be considered...
Online Programming Can Be a Library Oasis on the Internet: With the Help of Conferencing Software like iVocalize, the Internet Will No Longer Be a Desert but a Rich Bazaar of Programs and Communities Brought Together by Libraries of All Types
The Internet is many things to many people. Some see the Internet as the Wild West, a yawning wilderness waiting to be tamed and cultivated. For companies like eBay, the Internet is a steady, transaction-based revenue stream. For the dot-com companies...
Scanning Is Still Hip High-Tech: Creating Unique Digital Collections (Even Small Ones) Can Distinguish Your Library
As a profession, we have navigated some pretty rugged terrain, particularly if you like to trace the online "dawn of time" to the late 1970s like I do. When I enrolled in library school in 1979, 300 baud-rate connections were cutting-edge. Since then,...
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