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Big-Deal Serial Purchasing: Tracking the Damage

The “Big Deal” looked like a good deal, a true win-win. But while the Big Deal has lowered the rate of serial price inflation, for many libraries the pricing remains unsustainable. Nearly half of libraries have seen substantial increases in serial spending during the past ten years. Where does...

Open Source Public Workstations in Libraries

In a time where an economic downturn and concerns about climate change are influencing decisions, many libraries are looking for ways to save money and to reduce their impact on the environment. This report provides detailed information about the operating systems, software, and approaches used by three libraries and one academic institution that have implemented open source public workstations...

Implementing Second Life: Ideas, Challenges and Innovations

Second Life is a virtual world owned by Linden Lab with over fifteen million users. It is currently one of the most popular 3-D social virtual worlds. The use of Second Life by libraries and universities has become a hotly debated topic in Library and Information Science circles. Early adopters of Second Life have been called evangelists, while nonusers of Second Life have been called Luddites...

The State of Library Technology Funding in Today's Economy

"This issue examines the current state of library-technology funding, looking at common problems and concerns among librarians who make technological decisions for their facilities throughout the United States." — Dan Freeman, ALA TechSource editor. In the January 2009 issue of Library Technology Reports, "The State of Funding for Library Technology in Today's Economy" by Larra Clark and...

Open Source Integrated Library Systems

"A thorough process of evaluating an integrated library system (ILS) today would not be complete without also weighing the open source ILS products against their proprietary counterparts." — Chapter 4, "Open Source Integrated Library Systems""As libraries make decisions about what software to use when automating their operations, it is vital for decision-makers to have a solid grasp of the...

Librarianship in Virtual Worlds

“For libraries and library-related organizations interested in developing a presence in one or more virtual worlds, this issue of LTR may prove a useful tool for understanding the breadth and depth of the VW scene..."Virtual worlds are here to stay, says Tom Peters ("Maxito Ricardo" in Second Life and Lively) in the October issue of Library Technology Reports. In "Librarianship in Virtual...

WorldCat Local at the Univ. of Washington Libraries

“...The new search catalog, WorldCat, is AMAZING compared to the old University of Washington library search. It's one of those things I wished we had, and then, all the sudden, it was there. Bravo!"—User, quoted in LTR 44:6, p. 39The University of Washington Libraries' information and library material discovery-and-delivery platform WorldCat Local was launched in the spring of 2007. It...

On the Move with the Mobile Web: Libraries and Mobile Technologies

“ Imagine... Libraries are already offering amazing services through the use of the mobile Web. Imagine where we'll be in a year or two as mobile Internet adoption continues to increase and portable devices steadily improve."—LTR 44:5, p. 38The fifth issue of Library Technology Reports this year looks to the very near future — and for some libraries "on the move with the mobile Web," it...

Drupal in Libraries

“We've seen a number of library sites really take off and come up with new ways to reach their patrons—especially by marketing library programs,” Michael Samuelson, Web Developer, Idaho Commission for LibrariesThe Idaho Commission for Libraries (formerly called the Idaho State Library) is an organization that helps libraries in Idaho "better serve their clientele," says Web developer Michael...

Gaming and Libraries Update: Broadening the Intersections

“…the year gaming caught the imagination of libraries…” “Top 10 Library Stories of 2007,” American Libraries, December 2007 “And what an amazing year it was,” recalls Jenny Levine in the new issue of Library Technology Reports, “Gaming and Libraries Update: Broadening the Intersections.”“In an uncharacteristically (for our profession) viral and rapid way, videogame services in libraries...

The Preservation of Digital Materials

"As a specialty, digital preservation has to be one of the most interesting areas ever to emerge in the domain of information science." — "The Preservation of Digital Materials," Library Technology Reports 44:2, "Introduction" Priscilla Caplan, author of the second issue of Library Technology Reports in 2008, is Assistant Director for Digital Library Services at the Florida Center for...