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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...

Changing the Way We Work

"We have tools that make connecting and working with others easier, cheaper, and faster than ever." — "Changing the Way We Work," Library Technology Reports 44:1, Chapter 2 The way of work in the Information Age continues to be commuted by the Internet. The interconnected, collaborative functionality the World Wide Web provides, when implemented and utilized, can help individuals, as well as...

Information Organization Future for Libraries

"As a long-time cataloger, I truly feel the pain that technical services personnel have known for a long time: the era of the library OPAC is over." — Brad Eden, from the "Introduction" of Library Technology Reports 43:6 As library technologists and librarians are well aware, since the advent of the Internet, the relationship between the user and his/her library has changed. In a world of...

Web 2.0 & Libraries, Part 2: Trends and Technologies

Social software, more ubiquitous than ever, continues to have a profound impact on information and communication in the Information Age. From the American Library Association to social software news aggregation, it's clear the trend toward utilizing "Web 2.0" technologies for information and communication in the 21st century is growing stronger.In "Web 2.0 & Libraries, Part 2: Trends and...

Next-Generation Library Catalogs

"In this current phase of library automation, all eyes are focused on developing and deploying Web-based interfaces better suited to meet the expectations of the current generation of Web-savvy users," notes Marshall Breeding in the "Introduction" to "Next-Generation Library Catalogs," the fourth issue of Library Technology Reports in 2007. "Over the course of the last year, a number of libraries...

Open-Source Software for Libraries

Library Technology Reports 43:3 (May/Jun 2007)"In the 70s, computer users lost the freedoms to redistribute and change software because they didn't value their freedom. Computer users regained these freedoms in the 80s and 90s because a group of idealists, the GNU Project, believed that freedom is what makes a program better, and were willing to work for what we believed in." — "Linux, GNU, and...

Technology Competencies and Training for Libraries

Library Technology Reports 43:2 (Mar/Apr 2007)"Competencies are the abilities, qualities, strengths, and skills required for the success of the employee and the organization."Sarah Houghton-Jan, the author of the second issue of Library Technology Reports in 2007, tackles technology competencies for librarians in the Information Age. "A few years ago," she notes, "I found myself wanting a work...

Digital Audiobook Services through Libraries

Library Technology Reports 43:1 (Jan/Feb 2007)A "report focus[ing] on digital audiobook systems for libraries, library consortia, and other institutional customers."Author Tom Peters explains that his issue of Library Technology Reports, "examines in some depth digital audiobook services that can be purchased or leased. It also looks briefly at a few free online digital audiobook sources."...

Functional Requirements of Bibliographic Records

Library Technology Reports 42:6 (Nov/Dec 2006)—A comprehensive resource that provides a "vehicle for providing concise, readable, and...understandable abstracts on the variety of resources available related to FRBR."From the Preface"FRBR, FRAR, FROR, FRVRR, FRANAR, FRSAR . . . What are these abbreviations? In a profession that lives and breathes abbreviations and acronyms, do we really need more...

Gaming and Libraries: Intersection of Services

“What if traditionally apathetic library users were instead motivated to get up early on a Saturday morning and plead for library staff members to open the doors?” author Jenny Levine asks in the introduction to "Gaming and Libraries: Intersection of Services," the 5th issue in volume 42 of Library Technology Reports.In this issue of LTR, numerous detailed examples of what libraries are already...

Web 2.0 and Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software

What can social software do for your library? Library staffers like the ones at Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, can tell you. "Just a brief look at our Director's Blog will illuminate the fact that the blogs promote a constant two-way dialogue between our director, Josie Parker, and the public," notes John Blyberg, who works at AADL and authors Blyberg.net. "[You can...