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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...

Resource Sharing in Libraries: Concepts, Products, Technologies, and Trends

  Supplementing your local collection through resource sharing is a smart way to ensure your library has the resources to satisfy the needs of your users. Marshall Breeding’s new Library Technology Report explores technologies and strategies for sharing resources, helping you streamline workflows and improve resource-sharing services by covering key strategies like interlibrary loan, consortial...

Rethinking Reference and Instruction with Tablets

  Tablet computer ownership on university campuses has tripled in the past year, according to a Pearson Foundation survey in March 2012. At the threshold of the Post-PC era, as students’ expectations change, reference and instruction librarians are responding with new services. In this issue of Library Technology Reports Virginia Tech librarians Miller, Meir, and Moorfield-Lang offer a...

Making Libraries Accessible: Adaptive Design and Assistive Technology

  As a provider of public space and digital content, your library is duty-bound to promote equitable access to all users, regardless of whether they use assistive technology.  In this issue of Library Technology Reports, editor Booth makes the case that that attention to the core principles of consistency, flexibility, and simplicity go hand in hand with libraries’ commitments to open...

Running the Digital Branch: Guidelines for Operating the Library Website

  Maintaining a library website is as important as its initial development.  In this issue of Library Technology Reports King draws from his team’s four-year experience running the acclaimed digital branch of the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL).  From website tweaks to staffing issues, King outlines recommended strategies and workflow plans for continually meeting library...

RFID in Libraries: A Step toward Interoperability

  The approval by The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) of a new standard for RFID in libraries is a big step toward interoperability among libraries and vendors.  By following this set of practices and procedures, libraries can ensure that an RFID tag in one library can be used seamlessly by another, assuming both comply, even if they have different suppliers for tags,...

Linked Data Tools: Connecting on the Web

  FRBR, RDA: Resource Description and Access, and Library of Congress’s commitment to a new bibliographic framework all point toward opportunities for shared, linked library data. In this issue of Library Technology Reports, Karen Coyle updates readers on the development of fundamental resources such as standards, data elements, and term lists, showing how they fit together. In clear,...

Gadgets and Gizmos: Libraries and the Post–PC Era

  In the follow-up to his popular 2010 issue of Library Technology Reports, library gadget guru Jason Griffey tells you what you need to know about the present and the future of personal electronic devices and how they can fit into your library. This issue details what tablets, e-readers, and other personal electronic devices are on the market, and also advises librarians how to manage them...

Embedded Librarianship: Tools and Practices

  As librarians look for ways to infuse information, digital, and new media literacies into authentic research tasks in the context of content area study and passion-based information-seeking needs, many librarians are turning to the model of embedded librarianship to establish and foster collaborative partnerships for learning. At the root of embedded librarianship is the establishment and...

Bridging the Digital Divide with Mobile Services

  The exploding popularity of smartphones and other mobile devices provides a unique opportunity for libraries to help bridge the digital divide. These devices are often discussed in the context of affluent populations and academic libraries, yet the demographics of mobile internet users are much more diverse than this, and the potential for mobile library services is correspondingly broad. In...

The No Shelf Required Guide to E-Book Purchasing

There’s no question that the role e-books and e-readers in libraries is increasing rapidly. For this issue of Library Technology Reports, Sue Polanka has compiled an expert-authored series of articles that provide librarians with strategies, best practices and case studies for meeting the unprecendented legal, technological, and vendor challeges that come with e-book purchasing. Topics...