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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
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
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
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