Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 10, November-December

Ask Techman
Mike W. from Oxford, Ohio, wants to know: Have they finally got a handle on spyware? techman responds: They wish! (By "they" I assume you mean people who have to deal with this stuff.) No, it looks like there are new and adapted variations of what...
Blogging Is So Last Year-Now Podcasting Is Hot
Each year when it comes time for me to write this column on hip high-tech, I look forward to it with both anticipation and trepidation. The anticipation is because I enjoy taking a closer look at new technologies that fascinate me and that don't really...
Helping You Buy: Electronic Resource Management Systems
Over the past decade and a half, librarians have seen more and more of their resources become available in electronic format. The first stages of implementing the new electronic library have focused primarily on providing access. We have thrown tremendous...
Hip High-Tech Purchases Don't Always Work out as Planned: Although We Researched and Tested Tools before Buying Them, These Three Didn't Work as Expected under Daily Usage
Since technology is so expensive, making the wrong purchasing decisions can have severe financial consequences. In 1997, Marshall University created a new decision-making, governance model by merging the Office of Computing Services with the University...
Hip High-Tech versus Our Reality
High-tech is hard to keep up with. Some of you get to try beta versions and play in software sandboxes. The rest of us just live vicariously through CIL. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This month we explore electronic resource management (ERM) systems...
Instructional Technology That's Hip High-Tech
Libraries are all about facilitating the intersection of people and information. For me, the educational mission of libraries has always been particularly appealing. I am thrilled by the proposition that I am creating lifelong, independent learners....
Promoting the Library's CD Collection Via iTunes File Sharing
Who has the best CD collection on campus? The library staff believes it does. Faculty members would acknowledge that the collection meets the listening requirements for their courses, and that, for the most part, one's personal tastes can be happily...
The New Visual Displays That Are 'Floating' Your Way
When CIL turns its attention to the high-tech innovations that are new and hot, I always like to take a peek not only at what's available now but also at what's in the development pipeline. On the first count, the list of new gadgets, Web services,...
Unconventional and Innovative: The Open Croquet Project
I have high standards for what I consider to be cutting-edge technology. I think it's important to separate the most hyped developments from the most innovative and forward-looking. Although computer technology appears to advance quickly, it seems...
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