Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 10, November-December

Are E-Books Finally Poised to Succeed?
Hip High-Tech has been the theme of Computers in Libraries' year-end issue for several years now. In the first few years, I approached this topic with no small amount of trepidation. I felt a great responsibility to select new technologies that would...
Building an Ajax Application from Scratch: Ajax Is Able to Target Pieces of Content on a Page and Run Micro-Requests Behind the Scenes to Update Those Pieces of Content. It Makes for an Application That Is Super-Fast and Almost Instantly Responsive to User Actions
In my work as a digital initiatives librarian for Montana State University Libraries, I'm occasionally given time to innovate and experiment with emerging technologies. (Quite a nice perk, if you ask me.) On any given day, my job includes working with...
Gear Up Your Research Guides with the Emerging OPML Codes
Think about your typical Web-based research guide: It's a list of books, articles, and selected Web sites on a given topic. Such a guide is great for introducing users to a subject and pointing them to your library's resources on that subject. But...
Launching into the Podcast/vodcast Universe
In the fall of 2005, the Orange County Library System (OCLS), located in the Orlando metropolitan area of Florida, launched a mission to explore podcasting. My name is Jo Ann Sampson. I'm the assistant manager in the information systems department...
Library of the Future Award Presented to Pace University Library at ALA 2006, Apply for 2007 Award Now
Pace University Library in New York won the ALA/Information Today Library of the Future Award this year. The award, $1,500 and a citation framed in 24-karat gold, is sponsored by Information Today, Inc. (ITI) and is presented at the annual ALA conference....
Priceless Images: Getting Started with Flickr
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Some images are priceless, capturing a moment, a person, or an event in time. One of the most important things we can do with our online presence is to take advantage of the graphical nature of the Web...
Social Networking Mixes the Hip with the Proven
When Computers in Libraries takes up the topic of Hip High-Tech, grist for the mill lies knee-deep around the columnists' feet--especially this year, if you look at the offerings. Flickr, del.icio.us, MySpace, and Cyworld are so 15 minutes ago. We're...
Technology for the Next Generation
I think one of the largest challenges in libraries today is to offer Web-based services that appeal to the next generation. In other words, how can a library staffed largely by baby boomers (born 1946-1964) and Generation X'ers (1965-1980) create interfaces...
Use Today's News to Plan for Tomorrow
In this year's preview of what's hip now (and on its way to becoming the norm), there are two acronyms in the mix. The first is OPML, or Outline Processor Markup Language. People are already beginning to use it even though it's not widely supported...
Virtual Reference Services for the Print Impaired: Separate, but Not Equal
Physical libraries and collections present a host of accessibility challenges for those patrons who are blind, have low vision, or have physical limitations. Unfortunately, library services and access are not automatically improved with the Internet,...
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