Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 10, November-December

A Cornucopia of High-Tech Stories
My virtual assistant pipes newsfeeds about the future of the ILS into my wiki at the speed of light so my social network pals can read them with multi-touch interfaces on their iPhones. I wrote that meandering sentence just for fun. I wanted to...
Building a Community: Create Your Own Social Network
I've always been fascinated by social interaction online, all the way back to 1994 when I started a discussion list for Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks fans on my old Mac with a dial-up connection. I didn't know it then, but I was attempting to bring...
In 2007, Community-Building Tools Rule: Whenever Technology Emphasizes Community Activity, Library Services Benefit, and That's the Common Thread in My High-Tech Picks
I've mentioned more than once to CIL editor Kathy Dempsey that writing about "hip hightech" is one of my faves as a columnist. I think the main reason I like to think about the newest and most promising tools every year is that the profession has become...
Internet2 and Libraries: Serving Your Communities at the Speed of Light: If Your Internet Limitations Disappeared, How Could It Change Your Library's Role in the Community?
On a hot Missouri day in September 2001, a road crew finished the delicate process of setting blasting caps into bundles of dynamite along a lonely stretch of road outside of Springfield. When the dynamite was detonated, instead of filling the sky,...
It's Time to Break the Mold of the Original ILS: I Think That the Current Slate of ILS Products Works on Many Assumptions about Library Workflows That Have Long since Changed
We're seeing lots of progress as the library automation industry works toward new front-end interfaces, as I described in last month's column. Given the urgent need for interfaces that work better for library users, it makes great sense to concentrate...
It's Time to Use a Wiki as Part of Your Web Site: By Choosing to Suppress Some Built-In Functionality of the Wiki, I Got a 21st-Century Mashup Solution That Keeps My Library Current and Protects the Authoritative Integrity of Our Content
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Without a doubt, the term "wiki" has leaked into almost every discussion concerning Web 2.0. The real question becomes: Is there a place for a wiki on our library Web site? The answer should be an emphatic "yes." People often...
Mashing Up Multiple Web Feeds Using Yahoo! Pipes: I Was Overwhelmed When I First Opened the Pipes Editor, but the Drag-and-Drop Interface Made It Fun to Experiment, and I Learned Quickly
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This past spring I opened the latest "gee-whiz tech" email from a good friend, expecting yet another technology that I wasn't sure what to do with. "Thought you might want to check this out over the summer," the email began,...
My Virtual Assistant Saves the Day: As a Solo Librarian, I Needed to Accomplish More Work in Less Time. Setting Up a Software-Based 'Virtual Assistant' Made That Possible
I'm a library director whose job is to develop, organize, manage, and operate a repository for research and scholarship in the area of higher education governance. I work on both the physical and online collections. It was a big job even when I had...
Of iPhones and Ebooks: Will They Get Together? My New iPhone Can Do a Lot, but I Wish It Could Easily Handle Ebooks
I did it: After holding out a little more than 2 weeks, I went to my local Apple Retail Store and bought an iPhone. My existing cell phone was not easy to use so I took advantage of only a few of its highly touted features. I also was intrigued by...
The Multi-Touch Tipping Point for Reading Online: The Tipping Point of Reading from Screens Is Right Here, Right Now, and If You Haven't Felt It Yet, You're about To
I started a new job in 2001 and was surprised to hear from public service librarians at the institution I'd gone to work for that they thought live, in-person reference services were soon to be a thing of the past. So much so that they were already...
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