Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 10, November-December

A Task Management System to Cure Your Webmaster Blues'
To manage Web site update requests, we implemented an automated task management system to go from an ad-hoc 'everything's an emergency' chaos to an orderly first-come, first-served process. Along the way, we discovered some unexpected benefits to this...
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Web Design
If only I had known. I co-administer a Web site called Cooler by the Lake (http:// www.cbtl.org). CBTL is a guide to research materials available online and in public library collections and is maintained collaboratively by librarians in northeast...
Bar Codes: A Relic of the 20th Century; the Technology Already Exists to Replace Bar Codes with RFID Tags. (the View from the Top Left Corner)
Carol was on the reference desk one day when a fellow called to ask that a book be placed on hold for him. Carol asked him to read the bar code on his library card to her. "OK," the fellow said. "Thick, thin, thin, thick, thick, thin, thick." ...
Can We Cook Up a Polytechnic Portal from Scratch? Can Lah!
Using ingredients we had on hand, we enhanced the productivity of our library and of ourselves by serving up a one-stop information gateway for our users. We found that good research, flexibility, and communication were a recipe for success. When...
Dialog Launches the NewsEdge Service, Re-Enters the Document Delivery Market. (New Resources)
The Dialog Corporation has announced the launch of Dialog NewsEdge, an industry-specific, personalized, current awareness and news alerting service for corporations. Dialog NewsEdge combines up-to-the-minute news, analysis, and research from thousands...
Going Back to Our Roots. (Editor's Notes)
Kathy Dempsey Here at CIL Headquarters we've been pondering just what this magazine is about. To me, the focus has always been on the library systems; on all the computers that make everything else run. The software is essential too of course, as...
Good and Bad Examples of Government Portals: Not All Government Portals Are Created Equal. (Digital Librarianship)
I wrote about "Portals, Vortals, and Mere Mortals" in my February 2001 column (p. 46) and praised the well-designed and customizable portals and vortals. In the 18 months since I have seen an explosion of these tools, and few of them are perfect. Here...
Managing Your Web Site Management Training: Training for Systems Administrators Can Help Promote Good Overall Site Management. (Techman's Techpage)
OK, all you training folks out there: How many of you train staff on how to manage your Web sites? Do I see any hands, or tentative fingers, going up? Not sure? Let's break it down a bit. You're probably wondering what the heck Web site management...
Once upon a Time, Librarians Managed Card Catalogs. (Online Treasures)
Think back, if you will, to those thrilling days of yesteryear when, instead of managing a Web site, librarians managed a card catalog. All right, maybe those days weren't exactly thrilling and perhaps they aren't far enough in the past to be referred...
Test, Edit, Repeat: Steps to Improve Your Website
I have written hundreds of memos, letters, and reports in my professional career. Each of these documents required at least two or three drafts before the text was suitable for its audience. Web site design is similar in process: A library's first...
The HEP Test for Grading Web Site Usability
Over the past 5 years or so that I've been creating academic and commercial Web sites, I've been wondering why there wasn't a good, easy way to measure usability criteria. Where were all the inventories or checklists of common standards that other...
Why Linux Works for Libraries: I Started Testing Linux as I Got Ready to Migrate My Library's Web Server from Windows to Linux. Now I Won't Give It Up
If you use a personal computer, chances are very high that your machine runs some version of Microsoft's Windows operating system (OS). Or perhaps you're a Mac user, in which case you use some version of Apple's Macintosh OS. For a very long time we...
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