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Streaming Video Resources for Teaching, Learning, and Research

According to a 2012 Ithaka study, 80 percent of faculty in the humanities and 70 percent in social sciences use video, film, and non-textual resources for teaching undergraduates. Streaming video is not simply an accommodation to distance learners; rather, it’s an expectation for the curriculum,...

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...

Web Services and the Service-Oriented Architecture

 "In an era of computing dominated by the World Wide Web, technology referred to as Web services stands as a key one for allowing computers to communicate machine to machine, program to program....Web services make it easy to connect all types of computer applications to each other. As you will see throughout this report, Web services deliver a foundation of interoperability greatly needed in a...

ERM: Staffing, Services, and Systems

In the March/April 2006 issue of Library Technology Reports, collection-management librarian Marilyn Geller tackles electronic-resource management, the staffing, service, and system aspects of managing the library institution's expanding electronic-resource collections. "An obvious and direct effect of the increasing availability of electronic resources in library collections was, and still is...