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Library Technology Reports

Library Resource Discovery Products: Context, Library Perspectives, and Vendor Positions

Interfacing with library collections has changed drastically in the past several years, now integrating not only with the ILS but other local and external resources. Offering valuable guidance for effectively evaluating discovery systems, this issue of Library Technology Reports is filled with...

Librarians' Assessments of Automation Systems: Survey Results, 2007–2010

For the last four years, Breeding has conducted an online survey to measure satisfaction with multiple aspects of the automation products used by libraries. In this issue of Library Technology Reports Breeding and Yelton take a deeper look at the survey data, including an expansion of findings based on the 2010 iteration, an examination of trends seen across the four years, and additional...

Using WordPress as a Library Content Management System

With WordPress, you can give patrons easy access to your library’s digital content . The software is free, and, with good planning, you don’t need expensive training or extensive technological expertise to maintain your site. Authors Kyle Jones and Polly-Alida Farrington, along with several librarian contributors, deliver a richly illustrated, practical guide for using WordPress as a tool...

Libraries and the Mobile Web

What evidence would provide a good indication that the day had come for your library to focus concerted efforts on mobile services? If nearly all Americans owned cell phones? Maybe if a large percentage of those phone owners demonstrably used their device to access the internet? Perhaps if smartphone sales began to approach sales of PCs? If major information service providers were shifting their...

Web Scale Discovery Services

   Web scale discovery services are a tool with major potential to transform the nature of library systems. These services are capable of searching quickly and seamlessly across a vast range of local and remote content and providing relevancy-ranked results in the type of intuitive interface that today’s information seekers expect. This report describes in detail the content, interface, and...

Privacy and Freedom of Information in 21st-Century Libraries

Just as our users’ reading and intellectual pursuits have extended into new media, our intellectual freedom concerns as librarians have long ago expanded well beyond the realm of book censorship alone. As libraries increasingly move beyond provision of print material and into their expanding roles as providers of digital resources and services, intellectual freedom concerns have been magnified as...

Rethinking Library Linking: Breathing New Life into OpenURL

In the Library Technology Report “Rethinking Library Linking: Breathing New Life into OpenURL,” (vol. 46, no. 7), Cindi Trainor and Jason Price provide examples and strategies for improving the usability and functionality of a library's link resolver. Topics covered Include: improving the resolver experience by adding services and streamlining access to fulltext using resolver...

The Concept of Electronic Resource Usage and Libraries

As any librarian knows, libraries of all size and type invest a significant portion of their budgets in the acquisition of electronic resources.  In addition to implementing and administering these resources, ibrarians are responsible for analyzing and demonstrating their cost-effectiveness. In the August/September issue of Library Technology Reports (vol. 46; no. 6), Rachel Fleming-May and Jill...

Hope, Hype and VoIP: Riding the Library Technology Cycle

Texting. The cloud. E-books. Location-based services. Mobile devices, virtual worlds, microblogging, wikis, social media, and so on. What do these things have in common? They have all taken their turn as “the next big thing.” There’s never a been a shortage of up-and-coming library technologies, but while some prove to be revolutionary, others flame out just as quickly. Confusing matters even...

Object Reuse and Exchange (OAI-ORE)

If your job involves working with digital content, your need to make sense of interoperable digital information by managing resources with care and quality metadata and by connecting users to resources—and resources to resources—is greater than ever. In the May issue of Library Technology Reports, Michael Witt helps you do just that. If you are an Electronic Resources Librarian, Digital Archivist...

Gadgets and Gizmos: Personal Electronics and the Library

We live in the age of cell phones, iPads and netbooks, where gadgets are everywhere, and many people use one at nearly every waking moment. The newest gadgets don't often come cheap, and a poor investment can be costly for an institution like a library. In the April issue of Library Technology Reports, eminent blogger and library technology expert Jason Griffey provides a comprehensive guide to...