Computers in Libraries

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Articles from Vol. 32, No. 9, November

Changing Your Domain Name in 25 Nail-Biting Steps
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When most staff members responded that they did not want to have to spell out the website URL letter by letter over the phone anymore, we began to look at our options for a new domain name. When staff at the Wisconsin State...
Counting on COUNTER
The Current State of E-Resource Usage Data in LibrariesThere seems to be a categorical misunderstanding among vendors regarding why libraries want usage statistics. For the most part, librarians don't care about sessions, searches, IP addresses, or page...
Counting on Counter: The Current State of E-Resource Usage Data in Libraries
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There seems to be a categorical misunderstanding among vendors regarding why libraries want usage statistics. For the most part, librarians don't care about sessions, searches, IP addresses, or page views. It's all about cost...
Do Makerspaces Add Value to Libraries?
It is easy for a librarian to become indignant when the value of library services is questioned since we feel that our work has obvious value to the community. But to those who view libraries as a place to "look things up" or "borrow books," today's...
In Search of the Next Value Proposition
Although it is pretty easy to find colleagues who will express fatigue or frustration about the constant need for libraries to prove their value proposition, there is also an upside to the exercise of crafting a message that justifies our mission....
News Desk
New Recommendations for OANew recommendations have been released from the Open Society Foundations. The guidelines include development of OA policies in higher education institutions and in funding institutions. The development of OA repositories and...
Noted & Quoted
The University Library of the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill announced the appointment of Timothy McGeary as head of library systems. In this position, he will manage the Library Systems Department. He will plan, budget, and set policy for...
Preserving Library Value through the Shifting Tides of Technology
Libraries provide an essential set of services to their communities. But what's essential? At any given point in history, library services must be crafted according to the needs of the broader society and to the needs of each local community. Today,...
Serendipitous Discoveries
The official published theme for this month's issue of CIL magazine is Libraries: Proof Positive. According to the call for papers, the issue was supposed to have focused on how to measure your library's investment in technology, digital content, staff,...
Supporting the Knowledge Continuum through Technology: From Consumption to Fabrication
Makerstations, fablabs, and digital media centers are a hot topic of conversation among libraries today, and for good reason. As libraries look to reinvent and refresh their service offerings to accommodate a new a generation of users, it seems natural...
Tagging for Subject Access
While legacy ILSs are hopelessly outdated, it is somewhat disappointing that only less than half of the new systems allow tagging. The system design is lagging behind.A Glimpse Into Current Practice // by Vendors, Libraries, and UsersIn the past 5 years,...
Tagging for Subject Access: A Glimpse into Current Practice by Vendors, Libraries, and Users
While legacy ILSs are hopelessly outdated, it is somewhat disappointing that only less than half of the new systems allow tagging. The system design is lagging behind. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the past 5 years, many studies have been conducted...
What's Your Flickr Backup Plan?
"Physician, heal thyself," I muttered as I found myself about to click the button to renew our library Flickr Pro account without giving it a second's thought. Just a few months before, I had written a column for these pages exhorting everyone to have...
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