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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...

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...

Linking and the OpenURL

"Imagine a world where library users never reach a dead end, never fail to find the electronic resources they have the need—and the right—to access. This is the ultimate potential of the OpenURL: to link, seamlessly, among a multitude of information providers—proprietary and open access alike. In a world where libraries must acquire, manage, and provide access to a host of search tools and...

Metadata and Its Applications: New Directions and Updates

It has been three years since Brad Eden's LTR, "Metadata and Its Applications" (38:5), was published. In LTR 41:6, "Metadata and Its Applications: New Directions and Updates," Eden both revises and updates his comprehensive overview of metadata for the library technology field. In the update, Eden does not rehash material from his still available original report; instead, "This new edition is...

Wireless Networks in Libraries

"Wireless networks can be much less expensive to implement than...

Innovative Digital Projects in the Humanities

Want to take your art history or architecture students on a virtual tour of the Church of La Madeleine in Vézelay, France? Or give a patron a host of suggestions on interactive and authoritative Web sites to complement that borrowed copy of Beowulf? Now you can—with ease—with the help of the July/August 2005 issue of Library Technology Reports."Innovative Digital Projects in the...

Library Course-Management Systems: An Overview

"Library Course-Management Systems: An Overview" offers academic and college libraries direction for developing a fully integrated online-learning environment.You've observed, probably daily, how the World Wide Web has woven itself throughout countless aspects of higher education. Though the ongoing...

Policy and Library Technology

From Chapter 1, "Thinking in Policy Terms"Technology is a lot more fun than policy. Most library technology people probably find it a lot more interesting as well. But library technology does not operate in a vacuum. Technology and policy have always interacted in the library field as elsewhere. Those interactions have become more complex and need to be more visible.This is issue [...

3D Visualization Techniques: 2D and 3D Information Visualization Resources, Applications, and Future

From the "Introduction"The human race is tremendously influenced by sensory perceptions. The way human beings understand, learn, grow, and adapt is based on the ability to perceive, view, and conceptualize thoughts and ideas.Even the terms people use to describe the process of learning and understanding revolves around the word "see." When an idea pops into our head, or when a...

E-Publishing Impact on Acquisition and Interlibrary Loan

From the Introduction, "E-Publishing: A Rapidly Maturing Industry"Electronic publishing has had an unprecedented impact on what is available for libraries to acquire and on purchasing practices. Unfortunately, as the number of useful digital products, as well as users' desires, for them to escalate, many libraries also are facing unusually severe financial constraints.Publicly funded...