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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
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
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
Breeding, Marshall – Computers in Libraries, 2010
People live in an era of social, enterprise-oriented, and increasingly cloud-based technology; a dramatic shift away from stand-alone isolated silos that previously dominated. Computing systems can flourish today only when built to easily exchange data and services. An application that stands alone may provide practical functionality but may not…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Libraries, Educational Technology, 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
Kiyotake, Cynthia – Computers in Libraries, 2010
Since launching its first website in 1997, the Arapahoe Library District (ALD) has constantly looked at ways to review and renew this vital tool for patrons. This article focuses on the process of redesigning the ALD website--the steps taken and decisions made in order to create a site that incorporates interactive elements and patron input and…
Descriptors: Interaction, Internet, Web Sites, Library Automation
Chudnov, Daniel – Computers in Libraries, 2010
People using libraries will expect to receive more of what they provide in more ways and in more places. It's already the case that people presume they should be able to do things they can do at the library through the web. Because they can do that, they presume they can use the libraries through their phones and their tablet computers. To some…
Descriptors: Internet, Library Development, Library Services, User Needs (Information)
Banerjee, Kyle – Computers in Libraries, 2005
Most people don't realize how easy it is to improve library services with open source databases. Despite the fact that they are distributed free of charge, open source databases are powerful and stable enough for critical applications. With a little knowledge of HTML and some basic technical skills, you can quickly create databases to register…
Descriptors: Information Systems, Databases, Library Services, Internet
Bell, Lori; Peters, Thomas A. – Computers in Libraries, 2004
The Internet is many things to many people. Some see the Internet as the Wild West, a yawning wilderness waiting to be tamed and cultivated. For companies like eBay, the Internet is a steady, transaction-based revenue stream. For the dot-com companies, the Internet was perceived as a California gold rush. In terms of online library programming for…
Descriptors: Programming, Internet, Library Networks, Online Systems