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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
Blowers, Helene – Computers in Libraries, 2012
Broadband and bandwidth allocation is an essential technology planning activity that libraries should address on a continual basis. There are five key factors that will impact your network's performance: 1. infrastructure, 2. network load, 3. workstation performance, 4. prioritization of services, and 5. network management. The author thinks it's…
Descriptors: Information Services, Internet, Technology Planning, Access to Information
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
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
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
Dula, Michael; Jacobsen, Lynne; Ferguson, Tyler; Ross, Rob – Computers in Libraries, 2012
This article presents the story of how Pepperdine University migrated its library management functions to the cloud using what is now known as OCLC's WorldShare Management Services (WMS). The story of implementing this new service is told from two vantage points: (1) that of the library; and (2) that of the service provider. The authors were the…
Descriptors: Pilot Projects, Library Administration, Management Systems, Internet
Ennis, Lisa A.; Tims, Randy S. – Computers in Libraries, 2012
This article discusses the authors' implementation of Help Central, a site within the Lister Hill Library Collection on the University of Alabama-Birmingham's SharePoint server. Initially, Help Central was designed to address the inadequacies in the library's old, static HTML web-based support system, including haphazard issue reporting by staff…
Descriptors: Library Materials, Internet, Library Services, Technical Support
Skalkos, Lia – Computers in Libraries, 2012
In winter 2009, Barnard College began the process of adopting Drupal 7 as its content management system. The move included Barnard Library's Zine Collection website, an information resource dedicated to the library's special collection of do-it-yourself (DIY) publications by women. Recently, as a Barnard Zine intern, the author had the challenging…
Descriptors: Management Systems, Internet, Web Sites, Programming Languages
Clark, Jason – Computers in Libraries, 2012
The rise of apps and mobile devices has opened the door to small, dedicated software programs that are focused on singular tasks. From the author's perspective as head of digital access and web service manager at Montana State University, these apps offered an opportunity to build a focused digital service aimed at allowing someone to enter a…
Descriptors: Internet, Handheld Devices, Computer Software, Programming
Stielow, Fred – Computers in Libraries, 2011
Today's academic libraries must demonstrate their value to cost-conscious university administrators. Budget trade-off decisions that involve the library can be difficult for any university administrator to make, and such decisions are complicated by the recent appearance of massive global digital libraries that seem poised to replace the…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Internet, Electronic Libraries, Library Automation
Pressley, Lauren; Gilbertson, Kevin – Computers in Libraries, 2011
People see challenges to libraries in funding, in ebooks, and in the internet. However, in this information-rich age, librarians' roles are even more important. They are information experts. They know how to think about the changing information environment, and they know the impact--both positive and negative--it can have on people whose jobs…
Descriptors: Expertise, Libraries, Information Literacy, Internet
Huwe, Terence K. – Computers in Libraries, 2011
Social media now offer a fresh opportunity to enliven the learning process. But to gain traction, they will have to prove their relevance. Librarians are quite vocal in advocating for the preservation of human interaction around digital media; one might say that it is their charge to be certain that the human factors within digital libraries are…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Electronic Libraries, Librarians
Kirkwood, Patricia – Computers in Libraries, 2011
Researchers were the first adopters of digital resources available through the library. Online journals and databases make finding research articles much easier than when this author started as a librarian more than 20 years ago. Speedier interlibrary loan due to digital delivery means research materials are never far away. Making it easier for…
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Internet, Faculty, Librarians
Clumpner, Krista E.; Burgmeier, Michael; Gillespie, Thomas J. – Computers in Libraries, 2011
Northern Michigan University (NMU) is a public 4-year undergraduate institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 9,500 students. The university's Division of Academic Information Services encompasses both the staff of the library, which includes authors Clumpner and Burgmeier, and the instructional technology areas, where…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Libraries, Internet
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
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