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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
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
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
Hastings, Robin – Computers in Libraries, 2011
Librarians are the ultimate information workers, with little they can count as done at the end of the day. Staying productive and motivated when there are no finished items that you have created at day's end can be difficult. For just this reason, David Allen, author and productivity expert, has proposed an information-worker-centric theory of…
Descriptors: Time Management, Library Administration, Librarians, Productivity
Malachowski, Margot – Computers in Libraries, 2011
Patient activation is a new term for a perennial problem. People know what they need to do for their health: exercise, eat right, and get enough rest--but how are they motivated to actually do these things? This is what patient activation is. From this author's vantage point as a medical librarian, public libraries are well-placed to be part of…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Internet, Information Policy, Health Behavior
Durr, Chris – Computers in Libraries, 2011
Library staff members should ultimately base their purchasing choices on the mission statements of their employing institutions. Fortunately, library mission statements have much in common. Undoubtedly, for example, all libraries have a goal that includes "serve the information needs of the community," because on some level, all libraries are…
Descriptors: User Needs (Information), Information Needs, Access to Information, Library Services
Helgren, Jamie E.; Lietzau, Zeth – Computers in Libraries, 2011
In 2008, we started by pulling a sample of 483 public libraries from across the country, using 2007 public library annual report data. Because small libraries have different needs and resources than larger libraries, we stratified the sample to make comparisons by size, according to the following population groups: fewer than 10,000 served;…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Library Automation, Library Development, Library Research
Hamby, Rogan; McBride, Ray; Lundberg, Maria – Computers in Libraries, 2011
Since SC LENDS started operating in June 2009, more public libraries have come on board. All of this on the back end connects to a Mozilla-based staff client that has distributions for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows, using SSL encryption to keep communications secure and private between remote libraries and the servers hosted at a high-end…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Library Services, Online Catalogs, Online Systems
Vengersammy, Ormilla – Computers in Libraries, 2011
Traditional libraries are being redefined. They are not only places to access books in print, but are also rich resources for digital assets. As a result, technology training programs need to progress beyond basic "mouse and keyboard" in order to meet the ever-changing needs and demands of the public. As library collections transition to…
Descriptors: Library Automation, Library Development, Library Instruction, Library Materials
Lenox, Marianne; Coleman, Maurice – Computers in Libraries, 2010
Regular readers of "Computers in Libraries" are aware that social networks are forming increasingly important linkages to professional and personal development in all libraries. Live and virtual social networks have become the new learning playground for librarians and library staff. Social networks have the ability to connect those who are…
Descriptors: Library Personnel, Public Libraries, Social Networks, Knowledge Management
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