Magazine article Computers in Libraries

It's All about Automation

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

It's All about Automation

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Keeping up with library automation technology has got to be one of the biggest parts of your jobs. That's part of why Computers in Libraries magazine is here. And that's also why we've devoted this special issue to Library Automation Today. As systems librarians and others who work with technology every day, is there any topic that you could need more?

Likewise, our Computers in Libraries 2002 conference takes place this month in Washington, D.C., because reading about technology isn't always enough. Sometimes you just have to get outside of your boxes, talk to colleagues, see products in action, and learn tips from real live people. I'll be there doing all those things, and I hope to see many of you at the Washington Hilton and Towers from March 13 to 15.

For those of you who can't make it, you can still get the next-best thing in a couple of formats. Don't forget that we always sell printed proceedings after the fact. We also link the text and graphics from many of the presentations to our Web site. You can get details on both (buying proceedings and seeing presentations) when you go to http://www.infotoday .com. Click on the Conferences section and it will all be right there for you.

For the moment, though, the issue that's in your hands will have to suffice. And we have packed it with all sorts of automation tales. There's the one about a small special library that went from its old card catalog straight to a wireless system! Very revolutionary (page 32). …

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