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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...

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...

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...