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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
Brubaker, Noah; Leach-Murray, Susan; Parker, Sherri – Computers in Libraries, 2012
The year 2011 was the PALNI (Private Academic Library Network of Indiana) consortium's "rookie season" for the implementation of Primo, the 2010 Discovery Layer 500 race winner. In this article, the authors report on their transition to the cloud within Ex Libris Ltd.'s Primo TotalCare environment: their preparation, the steps involved…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Consortia, Library Networks, Information Retrieval
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
Kumaran, Maha; Geary, Joe – Computers in Libraries, 2011
Technology has transformed libraries. There are digital libraries, electronic collections, online databases and catalogs, ebooks, downloadable books, and much more. With free technology such as social websites, newspaper collections, downloadable online calendars, clocks and sticky notes, online scheduling, online document sharing, and online…
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Internet, Librarians, Library Services
Tidal, Junior – Computers in Libraries, 2011
Many libraries have developed mobile versions of their websites. In order to understand their users, web developers have conducted both usability tests and focus groups, yet analytical software and web server logs can also be used to better understand users. Using data collected from these tools, the Ursula C. Schwerin Library has made informed…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Computer Software, Internet, Library Services
Huwe, Terence K. – Computers in Libraries, 2010
The rapidly evolving digital world inspires much use of nautical terminology: (1) navigation; (2) discovery; (3) the voyage; and (4) the new terrain at the end of the journey. Considering how quickly new technologies are arriving on smartphones, the nautical adventure is continuing at an increased pace. Innovations in basic library services follow…
Descriptors: Community Development, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Public Libraries
Rodzvilla, John – Computers in Libraries, 2010
Today's library should be part of the online social networks so it can connect with patrons and inform them of new services and opportunities. But this need to utilize new technology must be balanced against shrinking budgets and increased costs. One way libraries can juggle these demands is to spend more time on creating content, using a mix of…
Descriptors: Libraries, Social Networks, Library Services, Library Materials
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
Widner, Melissa – Computers in Libraries, 2010
Jasper County Public Library in Indiana had started using EngagedPatrons.org (EP) in 2007. EP is a low-cost technology solution providing online events calendars, RSS feeds, database support, and other web services to connect libraries to their users. It was created in 2006 by Glenn Peterson, who also designs the feature-rich websites for…
Descriptors: Current Events, Public Libraries, Information Dissemination, Delivery Systems
Sexton, Will – Computers in Libraries, 2010
That little rectangle with a button next to it? (Those things called search boxes but might just as well be called "resource drains.") Imagine it disappearing from a library's webpages. The intricate works behind these design elements make up a major portion of what library staff spends time and money developing, populating, supporting,…
Descriptors: Library Personnel, Library Automation, Library Development, Library Services
Woodard, Amber – Computers in Libraries, 2010
When the Vise Library at Cumberland University set down the path to their digital makeover, they were optimistic that they could completely revolutionize their library's web presence. They tried to keep their goals manageable, but it turns out they did not "quite" achieve 100% success. In this article, the author describes how they have…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Reference Services, Library Services, Library Automation
Porter, Michael; King, David Lee – Computers in Libraries, 2010
This article describes how and why the Library 101 Project was created and the lessons that the developers learned out of this project. The Library 101 is a project that challenges librarians to revise the paradigm of "basic" library services in order to remain relevant in this technology-driven world. It was developed by Michael Porter,…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, Library Services, Librarians
Pretlow, Cassi; Jayroe, Tina – Computers in Libraries, 2010
In this article, the authors share how cloud-based applications, such as Google Calendar, Wikidot, Google Docs, Google Sites, YouTube, and Craigslist, played a big part in the success of their plan of implementing a technology training program for customers and employees. A few years ago the Denver Public Library, where the authors work, developed…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Employees, Public Libraries, Computer Literacy
Breeding, Marshall – Computers in Libraries, 2009
Throughout the history of library automation, the author has seen a steady advancement toward more open systems. In the early days of library automation, when proprietary systems dominated, the need for standards was paramount since other means of inter-operability and data exchange weren't possible. Today's focus on Application Programming…
Descriptors: Libraries, Library Automation, Computer Software, Access to Information
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