Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 9, November

Civic Outreach
As I was attending weather-spotter training at the beginning of Ham Fest recently, I was thinking about civics. Libraries play an important--some would argue essential--role in civic engagement in a functioning democracy. And yet, depending on the...
Getting Down and Dirty
There are all kinds of hackers in the world. We don't much like the ones who steal our Social Security numbers from credit monitoring websites or send us fake news on our Twitter feeds right before we're going to vote. But who doesn't like the hacker...
HOW TO Create a Google My Business Page
As part of a website redesign process, our library web team conducted usability testing it which patrons were observed navigating our new site design on a mobile device. By observing user behavior and looking at Google Analytics data, we soon realized...
News Desk
A news announcements updatesWords of Wisdom 'Librarians are almost always very helpful and often almost absurdly knowledgeable. Their skills are probably very underestimated and largely underemployed.'-Charles MedawarGPO Partners With LC to Release Digital...
Noted & Quoted
'Internet-enabled devices are so common, and so vulnerable, that hackers recently broke into a casino through its fish tank. ... [W]e can see the problem with "internet of things" devices: We don't really control them. And it's not always clear who does....
OPEN SOURCE TOOLS: Sharpen Your Websites with Drupal
WHEN YOU CAN GET UNDER THE HOOD OF AN APPLICATION, THERE ARE ALL SORTS OF POSSIBILITIES. Billy Mathews (web developer) and Elizabeth Zoby (librarian and research specialist) are part of a library and information center (IC) that supports a federal...
Reaching out without a Budget: Expanding Your Library's Online Presence Using Online Tools
In a world in which people increasingly communicate, study, and complete transactions virtually, it is vital for libraries to have a robust online presence to meet patrons at their point of need. Although some resources are simply more useful in print,...
Selfies, Scavenger Hunts and Scrawls: How the Vise Library Used Social Media to Increase Usage
Using social media to promote library resources and services is nothing new. However, the dilemma of trying to figure out how to engage with followers can be vexing. While sharing information will win your library a few Likes, it does nothing to make...
Selfies, Scavenger Hunts, and Scrawls: How the Vise Library Used Social Media to Increase Usage
Using social media to promote library resources and services is nothing new. However, the dilemma of trying to figure out how to engage with followers can be vexing. While sharing information will win your library a few Likes, it does nothing to make...
Streaming Media: How Content Partnerships Double as Outreach Tools
For a profession that invented and perfected resource sharing--aka shared cataloging and interlibrary loan--we have come a long way. We have taken advantage of the sharing economy and partnered with business firms and nonprofits such as museums in...
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