Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 4, May

Bay Area Library ePublishers: How to Start the Presses
As the maker movement revolutionizes how libraries interact with and deliver value to their communities, the nexus between makerspaces and digital platforms contains the potential to redefine both the library's role in the publishing world and how libraries...
Bay Area Library ePublishers: How to Start the Presses: BALE Brings the Maker Movement Home to Writers
As the maker movement revolutionizes how libraries interact with and deliver value to their communities, the nexus between makerspaces and digital platforms contains the potential to redefine both the library's role in the publishing world and how...
Blue Tooth Beacons Are Starting to Shine in Libraries
Placing Bluetooth proximity sensors and tiny button-cell batteries into hockey-puck-sized plastic cases might not sound revolutionary. But these beacons are starting to shine brightly in libraries, publicizing services and events, informing patrons about...
Bluetooth Beacons Are Starting to Shine in Libraries: When a Beacon Recognizes an Equipped Smartphone, It Pings out Its Message
Placing Bluetooth proximity sensors and tiny button-cell batteries into hockey-puck-sized plastic cases might not sound revolutionary. But these beacons are starting to shine brightly in libraries, publicizing services and events, informing patrons...
Labor of Love: Opening Up Archival Gems for Community Engagement
Opened in 1899, the Westmount Public Library (WPL) in Quebec, Canada, is an architectural gem. First reactions to the space often include the word "beautiful. " And while the space reflects the time in which it was built--through architecture and decorative...
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Words of Wisdom'Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.'-Pablo PicassoAtlantic County Library System Gets an AssistThe Atlantic County Library System in New Jersey is one of three libraries chosen to participate in the Library Equal Access...
Noted & Quoted
'A walking, talking library robot... 'Hugh', an artificially intelligent library catalogue, will be able to take verbal book requests, work out where the hard copy is and lead students to the relevant bookshelf.'-'Robot Librarian Designed by Aberystwyth...
Open Source Software: Innovation and Disruption
OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE NOW PERMEATES ALL ASPECTS OF LIBRARY TECHNOLOGY, RANGING FROM BEHIND-THE-SCENES INFRASTRUCTURE TO FULL-FLEDGED APPLICATIONS. Open source software plays a vital role in the library-technology arena. It represents not only a type...
Social Usability: 'Don't Create Economies of Hassle'
Good user experience planning for our patrons includes effective signage, pleasing spaces, and well-designed materials and programs. Optimal technological user experiences can also mean things such as having a well-structured intuitive website and thoughtful,...
Social Usability: 'Don't Create Economies of Hassle': Systems That May Have Been Fairly Mainstream a Few Years Ago Should Be Revisited to See If They Still Provide Good Experiences and Current Best Practices
Good user experience planning for our patrons includes effective signage, pleasing spaces, and well-designed materials and programs. Optimal technological user experiences can also mean things such as having a well-structured intuitive website and...
The Battle for the Soul of Open Access
OA, AS A CONCEPT, IS CAUGHT BETWEEN THE DREAM OF FREE (OR, AT LEAST, FREER] INFORMATION AND THE REALITY OF SOCIETY'S DEPENDENCE ON PROFIT-MAKING BUSINESS MODELS. The open access (OA) movement can trace its roots to the earliest days of the internet....
Using Community Organizing Systems to Reimagine Library Websites
Imagine having just one password and only one platform to manage not just your library's website, but also to create and manage your library's events, fundraisers, mass emails, surveys, and blog posts, as well as to help you recruit volunteers while...
With Arms Wide Open
Generally, when you think of openness and libraries, two trends come to mind: open access (OA)-the movement to free up scholarly research papers funded with public money-and open source-the movement to crowdsource software development to create nonproprietary...
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