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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,...

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...

Techniques for Creating Sustainable Digital Collections

From the IntroductionCollections digitization is expensive. Librarians hope for high returns--many users, many years of use--from these investments, yet the digital products created from preservation and access initiatives are inherently fragile, requiring ongoing attention and care to remain usable.As more cultural heritage institutions move beyond experimenting with digitization...

Establishing an Institutional Repository

From the IntroductionThe 2003 edition of the annual Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) Environmental Scan identifies institutional repositories, among others, as an "emerging issue that may affect the future of higher education [and] academic libraries" (ACRL, 2003, p. 3).Establishing an institutional repository is not a simple, quick, or inexpensive undertaking. To many,...