Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 1, January-February

At Their Service
As 2014 unfolds, we find ourselves riding a wave of mobile information technology that has pervaded popular culture. Everybody from grandmas to preschoolers is now online in some way or another, even if it's--thankfully-only from the public access...
IT Security: For You an Your Library
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We are all targets. Scores of automated programs (bots) are crawling the internet 24/7 looking for easy targets. They want access to our resources because almost everything on our computers has some value. We all have something...
KSUL: An Evaluation of Patron-Driven Acquisitions for Ebooks
FOR THE EVALUATION, THE TEAM FOCUSED ON USERS AND THEIR USE OF THE LIBRARY COLLECTION AS THE KEY MEASURE OF WHETHER PDA EBOOK ACQUISITIONS SERVE THE LIBRARY'S ACQUISITION NEEDS.... In 2012, Kent State University Libraries (KSUL) conducted a pilot...
Obamacare and the Proper Role of Public Libraries
Our role is not of healthcare practitioner, insurance agent, or liberal agenda propagandist. We must be advocates for literacy of all sorts. I must admit, I was excited to hear that President Barack Obama called on public libraries to be involved...
Our Users Are Our Allies
Information professionals are trained to recognize patterns in how knowledge resources are used and also to look at information-seeking behavior to discern the ways users think. It's no secret why usability testing (also known as "human factors") is...
Scaling Up Your Content Lending
Since my "Hacking for Change" article in March, I've been trying to walk the walk and help with ushering in the future of library lending and sharing of digital content. In addition to my position at MetaFilter.com, I've taken on a support role at...
Shape Up Your Skills and Shake Up Your Library
More than ever, libraries depend on a varied assortment of technologies to carry out almost every aspect of their work. We make use of general purpose personal and productivity tools (such as word processors, email, calendaring, and spreadsheets) that...
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