Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 3, April

Celebrating 30 Years: Computers in Libraries 2015
SYNC UP: TECHNOLOGY & LIBRARIES FOR COMMUNITY SUCCESS 2015 APRIL 27-29 Washington Hilton WASHINGTON, DC April 26 Preconference Workshops The One Event You Can't Afford to Miss! Libraries are all about communities, about...
Challenges in Harnessing Personal and Professional Digital Media
I SEE SITUATIONS ALL THE TIME IN WHICH PHOTOSAND VIDEOS SEEM TO BE IN JEOPARDY SINCE THEIR CREATORS LACK A CONVENIENT WAY TO MANAGE THEM AND MAY NOT EVEN REALIZE THEIR VULNERABILITY. Over the years, it has been interesting to watch the prevalence...
Collaborative Collection Development Comes of Age
THE PROMISE OF THE DIGITAL LIBRARY LIES IN ITS CAPACITY TO THROW A WIDE NET AROUND ALL INFORMATION AND ESTABLISH ORDER AND ACCESS AT A HIGHER LEVEL. I've written frequently about the new spirit of collaboration and how it is rewriting the rules...
Getting Your FAQs Straight
FAQs are a mainstay of tech company websites and email lists, but they're not as widely used elsewhere. FAQs are a great way to eliminate a certain amount of redundant question-asking from patrons or staffers. We added better signage to our libraries...
Google Glass for the Educator: A Postmortem Separating the Reality from the Hype and Some Thoughts for Google
THE GLASS IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE GLASS On Jan. 15, 2015, The Wall Street Journal reported doodle was "winding down the explorers program" and will stop selling Glass, except to companies and developers. (1) Google is moving the project to another Google...
Growing an Archives Department (and Other Concerns of a New Library Manager)
What's the difference between a librarian and an archivist? A librarian will drill, glue, and tape a resource to get it back in the stacks. An archivist will seal, hide, and lock up a resource to preserve it. In other words, the difference between...
GROWING AN ARCHIVES DEPARTMENT: (And Other Concerns of a New Library Manager)
What's the difference between a librarian and an archivist? A librarian will drill, glue, and tape a resource to get it back in the stacks. An archivist will seal, hide, and lock up a resource to preserve it. In other words, the difference between a...
Making Your Popcorn and Enjoying It Too
Video is an engaging medium, because the viewer can see and hear the subject and read context from facial expressions and tone that is often lost in other media. Popcorn.js lets us go beyond user-inferred context by allowing us, as librarians, to include...
News Desk
* news * announcements * updatesWords of WisdomThe public library system of the United States is worth preserving.'-Henry RollinsFSG Launches New OA JournalFuture Science Group (FSG) launched its first fully open access (OA) journal, Future Science Open....
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsFor years, Google's mission included the preservation of the past. ... In the last five years, ... the shifting priorities of Google's management left... archival projects in limbo, or abandoned entirely. ... We...
Perfect Storm
This month's cover reminds me of the satellite photos of tropical storms, which is fitting. In so many respects, libraries today exist in the eye of a hurricane. Priorities are many. Money is still tight. And the imperative to transform special collections...
The California Light and Sound Collection: Preserving Our Media Heritage
"We must save our audiovisual heritage BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE; ANALOG RECORDINGS ARE THREATENED BY FRAGILE PHYSICAL CONDITION, FORMAT OBSOLESCENCE AND THE LACK OF PLAYBACK EQUIPMENT." --BARCLAY OGDEN, CALIFORNIA PRESERVATION PROGRAM While most...
The Congressional Big Data You've Never Heard Of
THESE ARE VALUABLE DATASETS WITH MULTIPLE CURRENT AND UNFORESEEN USES IN THE FUTURE. As I write this on a snowy morning in Washington, D.C., the 114th Congress is about to be sworn in, and a potentially rejuvenated era in American governance will...
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