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Zylstra, Robert – Computers in Libraries, 2011
The last 5 years have heralded a number of important changes to virtual libraries in academic and public settings. Despite this continual effort to improve library catalogs and websites, the fundamentals of these online spaces remain relatively unchanged. Digital collections are within reach of many libraries, yet they remain difficult to…
Descriptors: Music, Electronic Libraries, Academic Libraries, Foreign Countries
Tong, Qi (Helen) – Computers in Libraries, 2009
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Library, where the author serves as the digital services librarian, is increasingly challenged to make it easier for users to find information from many heterogeneous information sources. Information is scattered throughout different software applications (i.e., library catalog, federated search engine, link…
Descriptors: Search Engines, Engines, Information Sources, Internet
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