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Bailey, Kieren – Computers in Libraries, 2011
What do Google Maps and a library's Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) have in common? Google Maps provides users with all the information they need for a trip in one place; users can get directions and find out what attractions, hotels, and restaurants are close by. Librarians must find the ultimate OPAC that will provide, in one place, all the…
Descriptors: Online Catalogs, Librarians, Libraries, Users (Information)
Webb, Paula L.; Nero, Muriel D. – Computers in Libraries, 2009
In today's world of instant everything, everyone has been exposed to some form of Web 2.0 technology, and higher education is not exempt from its long reach. Libraries of all types are incorporating Web 2.0 features to attract users as well as to showcase library services. The Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) has become more user-friendly with…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Academic Libraries, Online Catalogs, Library Services
Hane, Paula J. – Computers in Libraries, 2009
Despite lower attendance than in the past and blustery, cold weather, the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting in Denver in January offered lots of news from industry vendors and lots of opportunities to discuss important issues and trends. In this report, the author highlights some of the most important product announcements with a…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Online Catalogs, Library Services, Library Associations
Balas, Janet L. – Computers in Libraries, 2005
In days that seem very long ago, when the card catalog was the only way to search a library's collection, there was very little debate about the usability of the catalog. Librarians were most concerned about properly formatting catalog cards and, of course, ensuring that the cards were filed correctly. Today, the card catalog has been replaced in…
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Library Automation, Internet, Evaluation Methods
Hulser, Richard P. – Computers in Libraries, 1993
Discussion of graphical user interfaces for online public access catalogs (OPACs) covers the history of OPACs; OPAC front-end design, including examples from Indiana University and the University of Illinois; and planning and implementation of a user interface. (10 references) (EA)
Descriptors: Access to Information, College Libraries, Computer Graphics, Computer Software Development
Nelson, Nancy Melin – Computers in Libraries, 1992
Presents highlights of research that used industrywide surveys, focus groups, personal interviews, and industry-published data to explore the future of electronic information delivery in libraries. Topics discussed include CD-ROMs; prices; full-text products; magnetic tape leasing; engineering and technical literature; connections between online…
Descriptors: Databases, Electronic Libraries, Futures (of Society), Interviews
Westrum, Anne-Lena – Computers in Libraries, 2011
Technology makes it possible to redefine libraries and make them relevant to the public once again. But how good are the digital services offered by public libraries today? The digital services department team of the Pode project at Norway's Oslo Public Library has spent the last 2 years investigating the possibilities available in order to…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, Foreign Countries, Metadata
Sampson, Jo Ann – Computers in Libraries, 2006
In the fall of 2005, the Orange County Library System (OCLS), located in the Orlando metropolitan area of Florida, launched a mission to explore podcasting. This article, written in the form of a "captain's log," prepares the reader for their own journey into the universe of successfully launching podcasts and a vodcast (video podcast).…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Technological Advancement, Audio Equipment, Public Libraries
Gharst, Loretta – Computers in Libraries, 2010
The rumored death of librarianship caused by the advent of technology has not, and will not, come to pass. In this article, the author describes how technology has exponentially increased the librarian's ability to provide library service at the Calcasieu Parish Public Library, where she serves as head of Collection & Computing Services. The…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Library Services, Librarians, Library Administration
Flanagan, Michael – Computers in Libraries, 1993
Access to database information in libraries will increase as licenses for tape loading of data onto public access catalogs becomes more widespread. Institutions with adequate storage capacity will have full text databases, and the adoption of the Z39.50 standard, which allows differing computer systems to interface with each other, will increase…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Copyrights, Databases, Full Text Databases
Sisler, Eric; Smith, Veronica – Computers in Libraries, 2000
Describes library automation issues during the planning and construction of College Hill Library (Colorado), a joint-use facility shared by a community college and a public library. Discuses computer networks; hardware selection; public access to catalogs and electronic resources; classification schemes and bibliographic data; children's…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Bibliographic Records, Childrens Libraries, Classification
Wayne, Richard – Computers in Libraries, 2004
An IT decision maker gives an overview of public access PC software that's useful in controlling session length and scheduling, Internet access, print output, security, and the latest headaches: spyware and adware. In this article, the author describes a representative sample of software tools in several important categories such as setup…
Descriptors: Management Systems, Computer Software, Integrity, Internet
Pezzulo, Judy – Computers in Libraries, 1993
Discusses the present status of technology use by students in Pennsylvania public school libraries, including membership in ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA, the statewide interlibrary loan network. The role of library media specialists in developing outcome-based curricula to facilitate use of technology tools is considered. (EA)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Technology