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Snell, Jeremy – Computers in Libraries, 2013
This article covers the basic principles of responsive web design for those interested in creating their own responsive sites from scratch, as well as noting a few frameworks that can be used to speed up development time. The author favors the Foundation CSS framework for responsive development because of its syntax, diverse selection of…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Design, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices
Kumaran, Maha; Geary, Joe – Computers in Libraries, 2011
Technology has transformed libraries. There are digital libraries, electronic collections, online databases and catalogs, ebooks, downloadable books, and much more. With free technology such as social websites, newspaper collections, downloadable online calendars, clocks and sticky notes, online scheduling, online document sharing, and online…
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Internet, Librarians, Library Services
Zeeman, Deane; Jones, Rebecca; Dysart, Jane – Computers in Libraries, 2011
This study reports on the results of interviews conducted in December 2009 and January 2010 to identify innovative service trends in library and information services in the government and corporate arenas. The study was undertaken as part of a Library and Archives Canada (LAC) research project to inform the Government of Canada Assistant Deputy…
Descriptors: Expertise, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Government Libraries
Fagan, Jody Condit; Keach, Jennifer A. – Computers in Libraries, 2010
When improving a web presence, today's libraries have a choice: using a free Web 2.0 application, opting for open source, buying a product, or building a web application. This article discusses how to make an informed decision for one's library. The authors stress that deciding whether to use a free Web 2.0 application, to choose open source, to…
Descriptors: Internet, Comparative Analysis, Web Sites, Social Networks
Sexton, Will – Computers in Libraries, 2010
That little rectangle with a button next to it? (Those things called search boxes but might just as well be called "resource drains.") Imagine it disappearing from a library's webpages. The intricate works behind these design elements make up a major portion of what library staff spends time and money developing, populating, supporting,…
Descriptors: Library Personnel, Library Automation, Library Development, Library Services
Pretlow, Cassi; Jayroe, Tina – Computers in Libraries, 2010
In this article, the authors share how cloud-based applications, such as Google Calendar, Wikidot, Google Docs, Google Sites, YouTube, and Craigslist, played a big part in the success of their plan of implementing a technology training program for customers and employees. A few years ago the Denver Public Library, where the authors work, developed…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Employees, Public Libraries, Computer Literacy
Liston, Samuel – Computers in Libraries, 2009
Since the turn of the century, one of the hottest topics in the IT world has been the coming mobile revolution. While there's been some arguing over the details, the fundamental tenet of the mobile revolution is that lots and lots of people will start accessing web content from handheld portable devices instead of using a traditional laptop or…
Descriptors: Technological Advancement, Information Technology, Libraries, Online Catalogs
Sheehan, Kate – Computers in Libraries, 2009
Darien Library, where the author serves as head of knowledge and learning services, launched a new website on September 1, 2008. The website is built with Drupal, an open source content management system (CMS). In this article, the author describes how she and her colleagues overhauled the library's website to provide an open source content…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Database Management Systems, Web Sites, Library Automation
Chudnov, Daniel – Computers in Libraries, 2009
There are many reasons to improve web links, starting with their design. The author tends to think about "design" on the web in terms of two things: (1) graphic/industrial design; and (2) human usability. A nice, clean URI (uniform resource identifier) that does not change, is readable to humans, is amenable to common web behaviors such as…
Descriptors: Internet, Web Sites, Libraries, Search Engines
Bardyn, Tania P. – Computers in Libraries, 2009
Library blogs exchange information and ideas on everything from the everyday, such as library services, to the profound, such as values held by librarians (high-quality reliable resources, academic freedom, open access, and so on). According to medical librarians who maintain library blogs, a typical month includes two to four contributors writing…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Academic Freedom, Library Administration
Dunn, Katharine; Szydlowski, Nick – Computers in Libraries, 2009
Large-scale projects such as the Internet Archive (www.archive.org) send out crawlers to gather snapshots of much of the web. This massive collection of archived websites may include content of interest to one's patrons. But if librarians want to control exactly when and what is archived, relying on someone else to do the archiving is not ideal.…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Information Sources, Internet, Preservation