Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 4, May

Counting the Right Things
LET'S LOOK AT THE STORIES THAT NUMBERS CAN TELL.Libraries are political entities. Being involved in politics means being concerned with public opinions. Gathering data to support programs and services is one of the most effective ways of making a case...
Counting the Right Things: Let's Look at the Stories That Numbers Can Tell
Libraries are political entities. Being involved in politics means being concerned with public opinions. Gathering data to support programs and services is one of the most effective ways of making a case for both the library you have and the library...
Data Administration: An Opportunity to Collaborate
LIBRARY-CURATED DATA COLLECTIONS ARE GROWING FAST; AS THEY DO, WE ARE LEARNING AGREAT DEAL ABOUT THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES THAT COME WITH THIS NEW COLLECTION MISSION.This issue of CIL focuses on data in all its forms, and data is increasingly...
Data Administration: An Opportunity to Collaborate: Library-Curated Data Collections Are Growing Fast; as They Do, We Are Learning a Great Deal about the Challenges and Opportunities That Come with This New Collection Mission
This issue of CIL focuses on data in all its forms, and data is increasingly moving front and center into the discovery process. Academic attention to data science has also moved into the mainstream, with SAGE Publications launching a new, open source...
Diving into the Data
In the world at large, there's much talk about Big Data. In the library world, a dataset doesn't have to be big to make a huge difference. This issue features case studies about applying data to improve the usability of library websites, to gauge the...
Electronic Resources for Schools
This section provides concise, original reviews of new or important hardware, software, websites, and electronic media that relate to the K-12 curriculum. All reviews are written by practicing educators who, in most cases, have used the software in...
Going Mobile: How I Made My Own Site Responsive
GIVEN MY INTEREST IN PROMOTING MOBILE USABILITY FOR LIBRARIES, IMPLEMENTING IT FOR MY OWN SITE SEEMED TO BE A WAY TO GAIN SOME PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE.Increased access to web-based resources via mobile devices stands out as one of the most obvious technology...
Going Mobile: How I Made My Own Site Responsive: Given My Interest in Promoting Mobile Usability for Libraries, Implementing It for My Own Site Seemed to Be a Way to Gain Some Practical Experience
Increased access to web-based resources via mobile devices stands out as one of the most obvious technology trends during the last few years. Statistics vary on the proportions of users accessing library resources through mobile devices relative to...
News Desk
* news * announcements * updatesWiley Expands Its Online LibraryWiley added ReadCube Connect to its online library. With this partnership, the majority of journal articles from Wiley Open Library will be available in enhanced PDFs. Features include hyperlinked...
Next Up: Beacons!
SO, looking back on more than 50 columns, I see that I've usually written about technologies that were in the pipeline. This month, I'm going to change that up and write about some technology that is just entering the pipeline and has the potential...
Noted & Quoted
* people * libraries * awards * promotions'[T]he World Wide Web began as a collection of web pages that were navigated with links. Now, and going forward, the web is increasingly about data and relationships among data objects.'-'Ending the Invisible...
Revitalizing Library Services with Usability Data: Testing 1, 2, 3
Penfield didn't have an existing culture of usability testing. That was about to change. The library website is vital to patrons' user experience, whether those patrons are at home, on the road, or in the library. It is also a key component of many...
The Common Core State Standards ... Again
We did an issue with a focus on the Common Core State Standards a year ago, singling out what I'll call a "subfocus" for our coverage. Namely, the CCSS and the arts in K-12 education. As people inside and outside of the education community take positions...
Tools and Tactics to Measure Students' Mastery of the Common Core Standards
The Common Core State Standards (CCS) first appeared (or reared their ugly head, depending on your take) in 2009 as an initiative of the National Governor's Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. A half-dozen states have yet to...
Using SOCIAL MEDIA to Build COMMUNITY
AS WITH OTHER LIBRARY SERVICES, IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE INTENTIONAL IN YOUR APPROACH AND PROACTIVE IN YOUR EVALUATION OF SOCIAL MEDIA ACTIVITIES.The question of social media in LIBRARIES IS NO LONGER "SHOULD?" BUT "HOW?" Pew Research Center recently released...
Using Social Media to Build Community: As with Other Library Services, It Is Important to Be Intentional in Your Approach and Proactive in Your Evaluation of Social Media Activities
THE QUESTION OF SOCIAL MEDIA IN LIBRARIES IS NO LONGER "SHOULD?" BUT "HOW?" Pew Research Center recently released a yearly update to its social media survey (pewinternet.org/2015/01/09/social-media-update2014). It's no surprise that results indicate...
Virtual Reference: Where Do Academic Libraries Stand?
In spite of the types and sizes, academic libraries must find ways to cope with the shortage of staff and budget cuts, while still providing their best service against all odds.This study investigated the current practice of virtual reference (VR) on...
Virtual Reference: Where Do Academic Libraries Stand? in Spite of the Types and Sizes, Academic Libraries Must Find Ways to Cope with the Shortage of Staff and Budget Cuts, While Still Providing Their Best Service against All Odds
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This study investigated the current practice of virtual reference (VR) on the web by academic libraries of 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. The authors performed a content analysis by examining websites...
Wear to Learn!?! Wearable Technology-Promises and Problems
FROM the Apple Watch to Fit bits to tech jewelry, the wearable technology market is beginning to take off. At January's CES (International Consumer Electronics Show), new products such as Narrative Clip 2, which lets you record what you hear; LYTE,...
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