Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Window to the World

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Window to the World

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This month's issue of CIL is a little different, and, we hope, extra interesting. As we come to the close of the millennium (according to the "real" math), we decided that we wanted to take a look around the world and see what was going on.

It's so easy to get caught up in everything that's happening in your own job and your own life, sometimes you forget to look at the big picture. But I happen to be a believer in looking at the big picture in order to gain better perspective about your own little picture. For instance, if you're frustrated that you haven't had time or money to upgrade all 250 of your library's machines to the very latest and greatest operating system, remember that some libraries are just getting a few computers up and running for the first time. If you lament the fact that your favorite database doesn't have every single search parameter you'd like to use, think about the fact that some of the world's greatest knowledge has not even been put into databases yet, and that some people are still searching through card catalogs!

In the stories that we bring you this month in our Library Technology Around the World issue, authors tell the tales of their first steps away from situations like the ones I've described above. If you've forgotten what it was like to automate for the first time or to start building a database, these articles will remind you of just how far you've come. Or, if your library is just embarking on a major computer project, we hope that these articles will give you technical ideas and guidance, and maybe a little inspiration too. …

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