Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 10, November-December

Born to Blog: We've Been Able to Use Blogging to Market Our Services and Make Them Better-Known
Last March, I moderated a day of lectures at the Computers in Libraries Conference in Washington, D.C. The offerings in my track were all very interesting and diverse, but I was especially impressed with a talk that Steven Cohen and Jenny Levine gave...
Building a Home for Library News with a Blog
As organizations of information professionals libraries are busy acquiring, evaluating, selecting, and disseminating information. For dissemination, a library may use newsletters press releases, or its Web site to let patrons know what is new and available....
Here a Blog, There a Blog, Even the Library Has a Web Log: There Are Plenty of Library-Related Web Logs to Explore
I often think I was born to be a librarian. Back in my K-12 school days, when I had to write reports as homework assignments, I may not have enjoyed writing or presenting the report in class, but I did enjoy doing the research. I still like to find...
Instant Messaging: It's Not Just for Kids Anymore
By anyone's definition, instant messaging, or IM for short, counts as "hip technology." Although it rides on technological components, instant messaging is really about an interactive style of electronic conversations, replete with its own linguistic...
May We Have the Envelope, Please? While Comparing Competing ILS Packages, We Amassed Hundreds of Pages of Details and Differences
You really want to know, right? You've been waiting for the results since the September issue, where I said we were taking RFPs for a new ILS. Well, the results are in: The Grandson of Deep Thought, the next Keeper of the Realm, the next Potentate...
Memory, Access, and Portability
I know I'm getting old. A while ago I started a fist to keep track of things that "suddenly disappear" at home and work. Mostly I need the list because I forget what it was I was looking for, and I find myself standing there wondering what I was doing!...
November/December: Academic Libraries
This is the fourth and last in a series of articles designed to profile the functionality available in integrated library systems and the user ratings of those products and services. This article is focused on academic libraries (colleges and universities)....
The Librarians' Quest: Transforming the Printed Word So That All May Read: Through Modern Alchemy, We're Making Books More Accessible to Those with Visual, Physical, or Learning Disabilities
In the never-ending quest to provide equitable access to information for everyone, librarians are like medieval knights. We of the info-warrior class now grasp within our ken and power the ability to make all books available to all readers in all formats--hardcovers,...
Tragically Hip?
Remember that band that started back in the early '80s, The Tragically Hip? I never knew much about their music, but the name stuck in my head. What a great phrase; what an interesting irony. That name has been floating back to me during this past...
Try Today's Hip Technology Portable Flash Drives: Wanna Work Smarter and Stay Hip, and Do Both without Taking Time to Master Yet Another New Technology? Now You Can Have All Three Wishes with 'Way Cool' Pocket-Sized Flash Drives!
I want to tell you about a new technology called a flash drive. Sometimes these are called USB hard drives or more specifically pen drives, key chain drives, key chain memory, pocket drives, thumb drives, USB mini-drives, USB Memory Keys, or simply...
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