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Social Media Curation

Social media allows you to scale up a core librarian practice—connecting your community to information and learning--across geographic boundaries, 24/7.  Addressing “curation” as the term is used colloquially, this issue of Library Technology Reports draws from 17 in-depth interviews to show how...

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...

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."...