Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 8, October

Delighting Your Customers
This issue of Computers in Libraries is devoted to discussing how to improve the experience your patrons, users, customers--whatever you call them--have when interacting with your library As the cover of the magazine implies, let's make them go, "Wow!"...
Elevating Tech Skills for the Cloud
Those working in technology constantly need to fine-tune their skills. Each phase of technology brings its own set of architectural concepts, programming languages, and computer infrastructure. It's essential to hone expertise and practical skills...
Hacking Your Shopping, Shopping Your Hacking
As "the computer lady" in town, people ask me a lot of questions. One that I get the most frequently is, "What should I buy?" about cameras, phones, or computers. This can be a challenging question, but it's a healthy one. People contemplating buying...
How to Manage Libtech Innovation with Wardley Value Chain Mapping
Wardley value chain mapping is a simple and effective technology planning tool developed by the British entrepreneur Simon Wardley. On his blog Bits or Pieces (blog.gardeviance.org), Wardley has an extensive archive of case studies and analyses of...
News Desk
Words of Wisdom 'No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.'-Samuel JohnsonEmerald Publishing Journal Goes OAEmerald Publishing is converting the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies...
Noted & Quoted
A people libraries awards promotions'The great thing about having a dog for a reading buddy is that they listen, but don't judge.'-"Book Best Friends: Library Offering Therapy Dogs to Encourage Young Readers," CBC News, Andrew Sampson, Aug. 12, 2017The...
Pokemon Go Changed Our Library
This isn't really an article about Pokemon GO. This article is about creating a structured but flexible plan to revamp your marketing. If that sounds like an oxymoron, don't worry. The idea of using Pokemon GO, a game aimed primarily at preteens, to...
Pokémon GO Changed Our Library
This isn't really an article about Pokémon GO. This article is about creating a structured but flexible plan to revamp your marketing. If that sounds like an oxymoron, don't worry. The idea of using Pokémon GO, a game aimed primarily at preteens, to...
Practical Technology: Hacking Your Shopping, Shopping Your Hacking
As "the computer lady" in town, people ask me a lot of questions. One that I get the most frequently is, "What should I buy?" about cameras, phones, or computers. This can be a challenging question, but it's a healthy one. People contemplating buying...
Surprise Us: Why Randomness Deserves a Place in Every Library System
I have long been a fan of the Random Article link in Wikipedia. In the left sidebar of the Wikipedia user interface, there's a link that loads an article randomly, selected on-the-fly from across Wikipedia. It is also possible to choose a random article...
Surprise Us: Why Randomness Deserves a Place in Every Library System
I have long been a fan of the Random Article link in Wikipedia. In the left sidebar of the Wikipedia user interface, there's a link that loads an article randomly, selected on-the-fly from across Wikipedia. It is also possible to choose a random article...
Tackling the Omnichannel Experience with Customer Journey Mapping
Whether it's the web, smartphones, Facebook, or the Internet of Things (IoT), library web managers are learning about new technologies and helping libraries adopt and adapt new tech to create great services. Sometimes, changes are obvious, while others...
The Systems Librarian: Elevating Tech Skills for the Cloud
Those working in technology constantly need to fine-tune their skills. Each phase of technology brings its own set of architectural concepts, programming languages, and computer infrastructure. It's essential to hone expertise and practical skills that...
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