Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 6, July-August

Laptops Anytime: Meeting Students' Needs for Equipment Loans through Self-Serve Kiosks
THE KIOSK PROVIDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND OUR NUMBER OF LAPTOPS, WHILE OFFERING THE CONVENIENCE OF UNMEDIATED SELF-CHECKOUT AND CHECK-IN. Similar to many academic libraries, the Gee Library on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce faces...
Media Literacy: Forging a New Path (Finder)
Aunique service is being offered at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Library. On the third floor, in a space we call Studio, students are taking on challenges and learning new skills. This is possible because, in Studio, we believe that the...
Patron Privacy: Is the Tor Browser Right for Library Use?
ABSTRACT The TOR BROWSER offers libraries an opportunity to protect the privacy and intellectual freedom of their users. However, there are also risks associated with its use. In this paper, we examine and weigh the benefits and risks to libraries...
Practical Technologies to Foster User Engagement
Libraries and related organizations naturally want to maintain a high level of awareness and exposure to their clientele. They can use many different techniques as part of their marketing or outreach efforts. As organizations centered on information,...
Reader's Advisory: Four Sites That Will Help You Fake It
Serving in a reader's advisory (RA) capacity in a library can result in both the most enjoyable and the most frustrating conversations we have with patrons. Sample questions may include, "Do you have that vampire book?" "Can you help me find the book...
Simply the Best
Sometimes, we think projects have to be huge, expensive, and innovative to make a difference. But more often than not, it's the simplest, cheapest, and most traditional approaches that produce the needed results most efficiently. In this issue, we...
Today's Knowledge Workers Need 'Knowledge Hedges'
Continuous change has been the norm for information professionals since the Industrial Revolution, but it is easy to lose track of the long arc of change for two reasons. First, knowledge workers of every stripe are immersed in their immediate workloads...
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