Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 3, April

Blending Innovative and Strategic Technologies
I have been fortunate to have opportunities to work with almost all aspects of technology used by libraries. One of my main areas of interest is helping libraries identify and implement the technologies that are most able to help them succeed in their...
Blending Innovative and Strategic Technologies: While We Tend to Gravitate toward the Tried-and-True, Newer and Innovative Technologies Offer Great Potential
I have been fortunate to have opportunities to work with almost all aspects of technology used by libraries. One of my main areas of interest is helping libraries identify and implement the technologies that are most able to help them succeed in their...
From Reference Shelves to Help Desks
Ever since the days when manuscripts were chained down to monastic desks, libraries have served as the places where users could freely interact with the latest information technology. The tools that today's library visitors want to use for their intellectual...
How Mozilla's Maker Party Helps Librarians Stand Up for Internet Health
THE FIGHT TO REFORM COPYRIGHT provides an important reminder: Librarians are powerful activists and educators in the internet health movement. At Mozilla, our mission is keeping the internet healthy--a place where anyone, anywhere, can learn, create,...
How Mozilla's Maker ParTY Helps Librarians Stand Up for InTerneT HeaLTH
At Mozilla, our mission is keeping the internet healthy-a place where anyone, anywhere, can learn, create, communicate, and collaborate. Why? When the internet is open to and shaped by everyone, it strengthens society. It empowers teachers, students,...
Meeting the Need of Post-Millenials: Lending Hot Devices Enables Innovative Library Services: By Providing Cutting-Edge Technology and Equipment, We Encourage Students to Follow Their Curiosity
It was a typically cold day in March 2016 at Ryerson University Library & Archives in Toronto. Several library staffers were commiserating about their horrible commute through the freezing rain. Quite unexpectedly, an IT colleague approached, waving...
MEETING THE NEEDS OF POST-MILLENNIALS: Lending Hot Devices Enables Innovative Library Services
It was a typically cold day in March 2016 at Ryerson University Library & Archives in Toronto. Several library staffers were commiserating about their horrible commute through the freezing rain. Quite unexpectedly, an IT colleague approached, waving...
MIT LIBRARIES' PERSONAL CONTENT MANAGEMENT TEAM: How Our Unit Expanded to Support Users of Common Campus Tool Sets
Many academic libraries provide support in the use of citation management tools (e.g., Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote), and the MIT Libraries is no exception. However, with researchers' increased adoption of digital scholarship approaches, the landscape...
MIT Libraries' Personal Content Management Team: How Our Unit Expanded to Support Users of Common Campus Tool Sets: Despite the Attempt to Rein in the Tools Included in the Team's Support Portfolio, Questions and Challenges of the Scope and Level of Tool Support Would Continue to Test the Group
Many academic libraries provide support in the use of citation management tools (e.g., Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote), and the MIT Libraries is no exception. However, with researchers' increased adoption of digital scholarship approaches, the landscape...
News Desk
news * announcements * updatesWords of Wisdom'Libraries act as a place where each of us can consult a collective oracle (books) to aid us on our hero's journey.'-Tony CaligulaLibrarians Celebrate Record-Breaking LendingOverDrive announced that 30 standalone...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotions'Severe cuts to public libraries have taken a toll on visitor numbers.'-'Library Cuts Reflected in 30% Drop in Adult Visitors Over a Decade,' Danuta Kean, The Guardian, Feb. 3, 2017OCLC Research and the Association...
Saving Stuff: Digital Preservation for Family Historians
Twenty-first century genealogists are, broadly speaking, 20th-century adults. They may be taking smartphone pictures of their youngest family members or have grown accustomed to searching databases such as Ancestry.com and FamilySearch, but they remember...
Saving Stuff, Digital Preservation for Family Historians: Held over a 4-Month Period, the Series of Courses Offered Library Patrons Both Lecture-Based and Workshop-Style Classes with Hands-On Experience
Twenty-first century genealogists are, broadly speaking, 20th-century adults. They may be taking smartphone pictures of their youngest family members or have grown accustomed to searching databases such asAncestiy.com and FamilySearch, but they remember...
Streaming Local Media with Plex
ONE OF THE LIBRARY'S MOST IMPORTANT ROLES ISTO HELP THE COMMUNITY GET IMPROVED ACCESS TO ... ITSELF. PLEX IS ONE OF THE TOOLS THE LIBRARY CAN USE TO DO THAT. Libraries have local content in video format that should be more widely shared. The good...
Streaming Local Media with Plex
Libraries have local content in video format that should be more widely shared. The good news is that local content is less encumbered with copyright concerns than commercial DVDs. So it is able to be shared and shown more widely. While recent fair use...
Telling the Story of Library Services
One of the seldom-mentioned advantages of being a librarian is, at least for me, one of the more surprising: Unlike many other experts and professionals, we have long known that our fundamental service role is up for grabs. We know this because we compete...
Telling the Story of Library Services: Once an Opinion Is Formed-In This Case, That Library Services Should Look, Feel, and Behave Conventionally It's Very Difficult to Change It
One of the seldom-mentioned advantages of being a librarian is, at least for me, one of the more surprising: Unlike many other experts and professionals, we have long known that our fundamental service role is up for grabs. We know this because we...
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