Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 5, June

Awards
The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) announced that John F. Helmer has been named the recipient of the 2012 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. The award, which consists of cash and a citation, recognizes an academic librarian who has...
Benchmarking Your Technology Edge
Benchmarking. It's one of those words that can elicit and spark a lot of interest, but it can also make you groan. There's a natural curiosity among most of us to see how we measure up to the competition, even if the competition is just a set of norms....
Benchmarking Your Technology Edge: What's Considered the Norm Today Can Quickly Fade Tomorrow into Obsolete Technology Offerings for You and Your Customers
Benchmarking. It's one of those words that can elicit and spark a lot of interest, but it can also make you groan. There's a natural curiosity among most of us to see how we measure up to the competition, even if the competition is just a set of norms....
Big Data, Big Future
The winter and early spring of 2012 have seen a whole new level of excitement on the topic of Big Data. The idea of Big Data - certainly the même du jour these days - was already sweeping through society and the academy at a fast clip. The tenor of speculation...
Big Data, Big Future: What about the Information Professions? Big Data Presents a a Vastly Important New Opportunity for Us
The winter and early spring of 2012 have seen a whole new level of excitement on the topic of Big Data. The idea of Big Data--certainly the meme du jour these days--was already sweeping through society and the academy at a fast clip. The tenor of speculation...
Book Me Up: Creating a Book Suggestion App
An Experiment With HTML5, Web Services, and Location-Based BrowsingMost readers of this publication will appreciate the fact that a reader's advisory service has been a core component of public library reference services dating from the beginning of...
BookMeUp: Creating a Book Suggestion App: An Experiment with HTML5, Web Services, and Location-Based Browsing
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Most readers of this publication will appreciate the fact that a reader's advisory service has been a core component of public library reference services dating from the beginning of the 20th century. This practice of conducting...
Dancing on the Head of a Pin
I'm starting to get a little wary of handing over pieces of my heart to new technologies and services. I approach more cautiously, gush less loudly, eye a bit more critically. I don't want to be like that. I want to rush in, embrace, and hurl myself...
Less Is More: How to App-Ify Your Library Services
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] How will your library serve mobile device users? By building apps from scratch? By offering entirely separate content? Or by modifying your site for mobile devices? We believed that the best fit for our joint library serving...
Library and Information Technology Association
The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) announced that John F. Helmer has been named the recipient of the 2012 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. The award, which consists of cash and a citation, recognizes an academic librarian who...
Make That to Go Re-Engineering a Web Portal for Mobile Access
It is safe to say that we live in a world of abundant portable electronic devices, something that was unthinkable just a few years ago. This is important to any organization that maintains a web presence, including libraries. No longer tied to a desktop,...
Make That to Go: Re-Engineering a Web Portal for Mobile Access
It is safe to say that we live in a world of abundant portable electronic devices, something that was unthinkable just a few years ago. This is important to any organization that maintains a web presence, including libraries. No longer tied to a desktop,...
New Library Collections, New Technologies: New Workflows
In the past year or so, I've been doing a lot of speaking and writing about the new wave of library automation applications. It's a topic that seems to have great interest in the library arena in many parts of the world, as I have observed during my...
New Library Collections, New Technologies: New Workflows: I Expect the New Generation of Automation Support Tools to Offer the Flexibility That Allows the Library to Design the Workflows Most Suitable for Its Needs
In the past year or so, I've been doing a lot of speaking and writing about the new wave of library automation applications. It's a topic that seems to have great interest in the library arena in many parts of the world, as I have observed during my...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsThe Charlotte Mecklenburg Library announced the appointment of Lenoir C. "Lee" Keesler Jr. as its new CEO. He will be the second person to serve as CEO. In this position, Keesler will help create a new strategic...
Taking Your Library Website Mobile Tips and Tricks for Using HTML and CSS
Here's what we learned about adapting the various components of our website for mobile devices.Maps and DirectionsFor our Map and Directions, we used a tool in the Google Gadgets directory that gives directions to our library from the user's starting...
Web or App? How to Decide
The writing is on the wall, or perhaps I should say, the text is on the phone. With the ever-growing use of smartphones and tablets that can access the internet from just about anywhere, librarians must develop services that offer easy access to the...
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