Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Hip High-Tech versus Our Reality

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Hip High-Tech versus Our Reality

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High-tech is hard to keep up with. Some of you get to try beta versions and play in software sandboxes. The rest of us just live vicariously through CIL.

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This month we explore electronic resource management (ERM) systems in serious detail. Turn to our special Helping You Buy section to learn all about this emerging class of products.

In this year-ending Hip High-Tech issue, our columnists cover what's new and newer. Gary Roberts talks about instructional technology while Janet Balas discusses podcasting. The others visit the outer limits: Check out Terry Huwe's column on visual display technologies like water vapor "screens" you can write on. And don't miss Marshall Breeding's piece about a three-dimensional, virtual, collaborative learning space called Croquet.

For my part, I discovered a wild technology that's actually being used in the new central building of Seattle Public Library. Six big plasma screens display color-coded streams of information and keywords that are digitally drawn from what patrons have checked out at the circ desk. …

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