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Waterhouse, Janetta – Computers in Libraries, 2012
In her biography about her horticulturalist father, Jonathan Baldwin Turner, Mary Turner Carriel wrote the following of Turner's quest to fence prairies; words that may also serve as an allegory for present-day libraries: What he could have done to tempt the pioneer from his home in the East to settle upon the fertile lands in the West. The first…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Internet, Library Administration, Library Materials
Breeding, Marshall – Computers in Libraries, 2012
In the library context, they depend on sophisticated business applications specifically designed to support their work. This infrastructure consists of such components as integrated library systems, their associated online catalogs or discovery services, and self-check equipment, as well as a Web site and the various online tools and services…
Descriptors: Equipment Maintenance, Technical Support, Information Technology, Technology Planning
Yang, Sharon Q. – Computers in Libraries, 2012
The study looked into the 307 Koha libraries listed in Breeding's Library Technology Guides. Since all the tag clouds in Koha are user-contributed, their adoption and usage can shed light on the extent to which libraries are supporting user tagging. The research also revealed that public library users are more actively involved in tagging than…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Public Libraries, Indexing, Metadata
Huwe, Terence K. – Computers in Libraries, 2012
Although it is pretty easy to find colleagues who will express fatigue or frustration about the constant need for libraries to prove their value proposition, there is also an upside to the exercise of crafting a message that justifies librarians' mission. The catch is that however good their crafted message may be, they must forget about ever…
Descriptors: Evidence, Librarians, Influence of Technology, Value Judgment
Breeding, Marshall – Computers in Libraries, 2012
The core mission of libraries has always centered on making content and related services available to patrons. The form in which that content is delivered has changed continually. The most ancient libraries or archives organized clay tablets or cylinders written in cuneiform. Centuries ago, the transition from scrolls to codices must have been…
Descriptors: Library Services, Institutional Mission, Influence of Technology, Technological Advancement
Cirella, David – Computers in Libraries, 2012
A diverse group, account-based services include a wide variety of sites commonly used by patrons, including online shopping sites, social networks, photo- and video-sharing sites, banking and financial sites, government services, and cloud-based storage. Whether or not a piece of information is obtainable online must be considered when creating…
Descriptors: Literacy, Internet, Social Networks, Library Instruction
Hamby, Rogan – Computers in Libraries, 2012
In the corporate world, the "consumerization of IT" is being debated by C-level execs. Will libraries adopt the new bring-your-own-device-to-work policy? In the workplace, there may be room for debate, but in libraries, librarians don't have a choice whether or not to support the devices patrons want to use, at least not if they want to remain…
Descriptors: Trend Analysis, Library Development, Library Services, Strategic Planning
Breeding, Marshall – Computers in Libraries, 2012
As another year draws to a close, the author reflects on the trends in play related to library technologies and attempts to anticipate their trajectory going forward. The library economy has not necessarily achieved full recovery from the recent downturn. Nevertheless, the author expects that investments in technology will expand next year. For…
Descriptors: Library Services, Library Automation, Open Source Technology, Research and Development
Huwe, Terence K. – Computers in Libraries, 2012
Given the pace of innovation, not only in the gadget market but in how social media is changing society, the future isn't what it used to be, which is to say, it is not that far off, out of reach, and "gee whiz" tomorrow. The planning horizon has moved closer than ever. And far-off eventualities are here and gone before you know it. In this…
Descriptors: Information Management, Access to Information, Information Retrieval, Usability
Barr, Catherine – Computers in Libraries, 2012
This article presents a list of online resources for library job seekers. This includes general sites/portals like American Library Association (ALA): Education & Careers and Canadian Library Association: Library Careers. It also includes sites by sector, employment agencies/commercial services, listservs and networking sites.
Descriptors: Careers, Job Applicants, Information Sources, Web Sites
Barr, Catherine; Harbison, Constance – Computers in Libraries, 2012
The print publishing industry is showing signs of recovering from the worst of the economic downturn even as the surge in popularity of ebooks raises questions about the future of printed materials. From a high of 190,502 titles in 2007, overall American book title output fell to 178,841 in 2009 but climbed back to 186,344 in 2010; preliminary…
Descriptors: Printed Materials, Publishing Industry, Publications, Trend Analysis
Hastings, Robin – Computers in Libraries, 2012
Backups are a modern fact of life. Every organization that has any kind of computing technology (and that is all of them these days) needs to back up its data in case of technological or user errors. Traditionally, large-scale backups have been done via an internal or external tape drive that takes magnetic tapes (minicassettes, essentially) and…
Descriptors: Internet, Computer Storage Devices, Information Storage, Computer Software Evaluation
Blowers, Helene – Computers in Libraries, 2012
Spaces such as the Chicago and Miami YOUmedia centers are great examples of digital media labs. Focused on providing technology and services that allow teens to explore their passions in an unstructured creative process, these labs provide technology that encourages the self-expression and creation of ideas in almost any digital format, such as…
Descriptors: Creativity, Video Technology, Electronic Libraries, Library Services
Breeding, Marshall – Computers in Libraries, 2010
Resource discovery tops the charts as the foremost issue within the realm of library automation. As a new year commences, the author sees a more pressing need to accelerate the pace with which libraries deliver content and services in ways that users will find compelling, relevant, and convenient. The evolution of the web advances relentlessly,…
Descriptors: Library Automation, Internet, Navigation (Information Systems), Online Catalogs
Varnum, Ken – Computers in Libraries, 2010
This article describes the Project Lefty, a search system that, at a minimum, adds a layer on top of traditional federated search tools that will make the wait for results more worthwhile for researchers. At best, Project Lefty improves search queries and relevance rankings for web-scale discovery tools to make the results themselves more relevant…
Descriptors: Online Searching, Search Engines, Search Strategies, Navigation (Information Systems)