Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 8, October

Bandwidth, Broadband, and Planning for Public Access
IT'S IMPERATIVE TO USE GOOD BANDWIDTH MANAGEMENT PRACTICES TO ENSURE YOUR LIBRARY IS NOT ONLY OPTIMIZING CURRENT BANDWIDTH CAPABILITIES BUT IS POISED TO SUPPORT FUTURE DEMAND FOR VITAL LIBRARY SERVICES AS WELLThe subject of public access wireless networks...
Bandwidth, Broadband, and Planning for Public Access: It's Imperative to Use Good Bandwidth Management Practices to Ensure Your Library Is Not Only Optimizing Current Bandwidth Capabilities but Is Poised to Support Future Demand for Vital Library Services as Well
The subject of public access wireless networks and broadband capacity has been a hot topic recently on a listserv that I follow. How much bandwidth should you allocate for wireless users? What benchmarks do you use to guide decision making? Should...
How to Ensure Our Library Systems Are Horse-High, Bull-Strong, and Pig-Tight
As with fences that need to keep in a wide variety of livestock, our library systems must meet the needs of all types of users in an efficient and effective way, especially with regard to the discovery system.When many people think of former President...
How to Ensure Our Library Systems Are Horse-High, Bull-Strong, and Pig-Tight: As with Fences That Need to Keep in a Wide Variety of Livestock, Our Library Systems Must Meet the Needs of All Types of Users in an Efficient and Effective Way, Especially with Regard to the Discovery System
When many people think of former President Abraham Lincoln, they think of the Civil War or one of its landmark moments or speeches. Interestingly, another important national issue during his presidency was the pursuit and advancement of agriculture....
iPad Apps Cheaper (or Free) by the Dozen
The beginning of the school year is always marked by an influx of directional and informational questions at my library, as new students hit campus and realize they don't know anything about anything. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I recently helped...
Managing Mission-Critical Infrastructure
LIBRARIES TEND TOWARD A STATE OF INERTIA IN RESPECT TO THEIR AUTOMATION SYSTEMS, EVEN IN THE FACE OF INCREASING FRUSTRATION WITH ITS CAPABILITIES RELATIVE TO THEIR CURRENT REQUIREMENTS.Any complex organization today depends on the help of computers to...
Managing Mission-Critical Infrastructure: Libraries Tend toward a State of Inertia in Respect to Their Automation Systems, Even in the Face of Increasing Frustration with Its Capabilities Relative to Their Current Requirements
Any complex organization today depends on the help of computers to operate with optimal efficiency and in support of the products and services it exists to produce. Whether the organization operates commercially or as a nonprofit, mostly online, or...
Noted & Quoted
people libraries * awards * promotionsOCLC and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions announced the five librarians that were chosen for the 2013 Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program. The Fellows...
Platforms and Promises
What does it mean when people talk about wanting to make their company or band a "platform"? Sometimes it seems to mean they want to become a household verb, such as "googling," printed in lowercase and with no "TM" superscript following it, the...
Twitter and Facebook Open the Door to Collaboration
THE BENEFITS OF COLLABORATION ARE MUTUAL; NONTECHNICAL STAFF GAIN NEW RESPECT FOR PROGRAMMERS, AND WE GET A CONSULTANT'S SEAT AT THE TABLE AS THE ORGANIZATION GROWS.It is hard to dispute the idea that the most popular social media services, such as Facebook...
Twitter and Facebook Open the Door to Collaboration: The Benefits of Collaboration Are Mutual; Nontechnical Staff Gain New Respect for Programmers, and We Get a Consultant's Seat at the Table as the Organization Grows
It is hard to dispute the idea that the most popular social media services, such as Facebook and Twitter, got their start providing a "fun" experience for their users. Fun and entertainment have a way of opening the mind, breaking down cognitive boundaries,...
What Library Services Are Mission-Critical?
Increasingly, we are living in a world that works 24/7. Even though I sometimes question whether I really need to place an online order very late at night, I still do it. I also admit to downloading an audiobook from the library very early in the morning...
Why Mission-Critical Systems Are Critical to the Future of Academic Libraries
Libraries are a learning environment for their institutions. Therefore, what is happening within the institution is more important than what is happening inside of library processes.A mission-critical system is one that is so intertwined with the operation...
Why Mission-Critical Systems Are Critical to the Future of Academic Libraries: Libraries Are a Learning Environment for Their Institutions. Therefore, What Is Happening within the Institution Is More Important Than What Is Happening Inside of Library Processes
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A mission-critical system is one that is so intertwined with the operation of an organization that the organization can scarcely function without it. In the corporate world, these systems are the engines that make enterprises...
Your Guide to Meebo Options
VIRTUAL REFERENCE SUMMER MELTDOWN AND FALL SHAKEOUTLibraries that are looking for new virtual reference services have some nice, affordable options to select from.Competition in the virtual reference market got really hot this past summer. Recent developments...
Your Guide to Meebo Options: Virtual Reference Summer Meltdown and Fall Shakeout: Libraries That Are Looking for New Virtual Reference Services Have Some Nice, Affordable Options to Select From
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Competition in the virtual reference market got really hot this past summer. Recent developments in virtual reference offerings suggest the market is much more dynamic than most of us would have imagined a short time ago....
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