Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Hip, Hipper, Hippest?

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Hip, Hipper, Hippest?

Article excerpt

Of all our issue themes, I find this one the most fascinating of the year. When we put out the call for articles on Hip High-Tech, we never know what we're going to get. This year, the article queries were very diverse. Since what's uber-hip to some librarians is old hat to others, I tried to choose articles that covered a range of "hipness."

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Buying a lot of new computers and networking them together is a high-tech venture, and setting up network printing raises the degree of difficulty. Doing all that in a matter of months, while renovating your library, hikes up the difficulty factor again. And these librarians did hit some snags. It got to the point that their print-card system vendor declared a "national emergency"! But with quick thinking, technology trade-offs, and extensive cooperation, the librarians, IT staff, and vendors built an advanced printing network during much-needed library remodeling. …

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