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Power, June L. – Journal of Access Services, 2012
It's been well documented in a number of articles regarding the contemporary library patron that with the rise in mobile computing and smart phone technology, patrons are looking for fast and easy service from whichever technological avenue they are using to access library services. Libraries are responding with increasing numbers of online…
Descriptors: Libraries, Library Services, Users (Information), Synchronous Communication
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Wang, Ya; Howard, Pamela – Journal of Web Librarianship, 2012
Google Scholar is a free service that provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly works and to connect patrons with the resources libraries provide. The researchers in this study analyzed Google Scholar usage data from 2006 for three library tools at San Francisco State University: SFX link resolver, Web Access Management proxy server,…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Services, Library Instruction, Internet
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
Williams, Berika S. – Computers in Libraries, 2012
How will your library serve mobile device users? By building apps from scratch? By offering entirely separate content? Or by modifying your site for mobile devices? This author found that the best fit for a joint library serving Victoria College and the University of Houston-Victoria was to build a mobile website in HTML and CSS using mobile…
Descriptors: Internet, Library Services, Handheld Devices, Web Sites
Spitzer, Stephan – Computers in Libraries, 2012
The fact that people now live in a world of abundant portable electronic devices is important to any organization that maintains a web presence, including libraries. No longer tied to a desktop, the patrons' netbooks, tablets, ebook readers, and, of course, cellphones all become potential tools for remote access to library content. About a year…
Descriptors: Learning Resources Centers, Internet, Educational Resources, Libraries
Hanson, Cody – ALA Editions, 2011
In 2011, cell phones and mobile devices are ubiquitous. The vast majority of Americans now own cell phones, and over half of them have mobile access to the Internet through a phone or other mobile device. For libraries to stay relevant, they must be able to offer content and services through the mobile web. In this issue of "Library Technology…
Descriptors: Libraries, Telecommunications, Internet, Handheld Devices
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Arya, Harsh Bardhan; Mishra, J. K. – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2011
This study targets librarians and information professionals who use Web 2.0 tools and applications with a view to providing snapshots on how Web 2.0 technologies are used. It also aims to identify values and impact that such tools have exerted on libraries and their services, as well as to detect various issues associated with the implementation…
Descriptors: Libraries, Reference Services, Library Services, Electronic Libraries
Hadro, Josh – Library Journal, 2011
Librarians should think of Yelp (yelp.com) as a kind of giant suggestion box hanging on the wall of the Internet. This web-based review service describes itself as "an online urban city guide that helps people find cool places to eat, shop, drink, relax and play, based on the informed opinions of a vibrant and active community of locals in the…
Descriptors: Libraries, Library Services, Librarians, Internet
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
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Mitchell, Erik – Journal of Web Librarianship, 2011
The workload of Web librarians is already split between Web-related and other library tasks. But today's technological environment has created new implications for existing services and new demands for staff time. It is time to reconsider how libraries can best allocate resources to provide effective Web services. Delivering high-quality services…
Descriptors: Libraries, Internet, Information Services, Information Technology
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Kim, Yong-Mi – Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2011
Users across academic disciplines utilize different information sources based on the resource's usefulness and relevance. This study's findings show that users from arts and sciences disciplines are much more likely to utilize university library website resources and printed materials than business users who heavily rely on commercial websites.…
Descriptors: Users (Information), Information Sources, Context Effect, Intellectual Disciplines
Hough, Michael – School Library Monthly, 2011
School librarians need to be proactive in identifying new ways to help students prepare for the world of the future. Students need relevant educational experiences that support emerging demands created by information and service based economies. The economies of Pacific Rim countries such as the USA, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Canada are…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Foreign Countries, Librarians, Leadership
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Jones, Scott L.; Leonard, Kirsten – Journal of Web Librarianship, 2011
This study examined the homepages of the libraries of 175 smaller bachelor of arts institutions, coding for the presence of 98 design elements. By reporting and examining the frequency of these features, the authors noted what is and is not common practice at these libraries. They found that only fourteen elements were present on at least half of…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Instruction, Web Sites, Small Colleges
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Mitchell, Erik – Journal of Web Librarianship, 2011
Web design is a necessarily iterative process. During the process, it can be difficult to balance the interests and focus of the library site experts and their novice users. It can also be easy to lose focus on the main goals of site use and become wrapped up in the process of design or coding or in the internal politics of site design. Just as…
Descriptors: Internet, Web Sites, Libraries, Users (Information)
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Battles, Jason; Glenn, Valerie; Shedd, Lindley – Journal of Web Librarianship, 2011
In recent years, libraries have made efforts to create games, often for the purpose of information literacy instruction. Games can provide an interactive alternative to traditional instruction by introducing research tools and resources while also teaching problem solving skills within a collaborative learning environment. Despite the benefits,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Research Tools, Research Libraries, Information Literacy
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