Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Thinking outside the Stacks

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Thinking outside the Stacks

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The articles in this issue explore some of the outside-the-box projects that today's librarians are spearheading, as they expand the role that libraries play in their communities.

Take equipment loans, for example. Sure, many libraries have mastered the art of lending laptops to patrons, but have you ever considered how you might share this arcane knowledge outside the library? In this issue, Brian Johnstone (Bucks County Community College) tells how he helped another academic department manage its equipment loans using the library's ILS.

Librarians are also adept at maintaining the software that keeps the library's public access computers up-to-date, but what happens when a piece of software needs to be deployed well outside the library's cubicles? Librarians from St. Olaf College share their configuration tips for keeping the popular citation tool EndNote up-to-date on computers scattered across campus. …

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