Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Let Us Do the Hard Stuff for You!

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Let Us Do the Hard Stuff for You!

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When we decided to name this month's theme Making Standards Understandable, the irony was not lost on us. The words "standard" and "understandable" may share a root word (stand), but that's about all they have in common. At least, that's what I used to think.

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When I started trying to get a better handle on standards, the first thing I learned was that there aren't many sites/groups/texts that describe a standard simply, up front. OK, I admit, I was hoping to find some nice Web pages that I could just skim. Pages that would each cover one standard, with a clear definition up top and more details below, for those brave enough to continue. "Why," I wondered, "hasn't anyone condensed all this information and gathered it into one spot so I could get a quick definition when I need one? Surely there are others like me who seek only peripheral information and basic understanding. Where are the cheat sheets on these things? Where are the primers?"

I realized I had only one choice: Create my own.

Now that goal has been realized. …

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