Magazine article Computers in Libraries

A Tribute to the Do-It-Yourself Crowd. (Editor's Notes)

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

A Tribute to the Do-It-Yourself Crowd. (Editor's Notes)

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Are you one of those people who really believe that if you want anything done right, you have to do it yourself'? (I know I am.) However, sometimes another person or organization really could do as good a job as you could do yourself (almost). On occasion you have to stop worrying about how well the job gets done, and only be concerned that it does get done. Still, I maintain, there are those times when you really can do it better than anyone else, and it's not just your imagination or pride telling you that.

This idea of "anything you can do, I can do better" does arise in the library world from time to time. And librarians are pretty good, I think, at sharing their accomplishments with each other, through networking, consortial groups, conferences, and papers. I want to encourage that sort of idea sharing, which is one reason that we chose this month's topic of Home-Grown Technology Solutions. CIL magazine is all about everyday information professionals sharing their knowledge, thereby preventing colleagues from having to reinvent the wheel. And what better way to do that than for us to publish stories about how your peers built their own solutions to problems that plague many others?

There is one classic case where you can definitely do something better yourself--when the tool that you need hasn't been created by vendors. So it was with the Gemini Observatory library. There just wasn't an OPAC that was right for a very small special library that didn't have much money. …

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