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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,...

The State of Library Technology Funding in Today's Economy

"This issue examines the current state of library-technology funding, looking at common problems and concerns among librarians who make technological decisions for their facilities throughout the United States." — Dan Freeman, ALA TechSource editor. In the January 2009 issue of Library Technology Reports, "The State of Funding for Library Technology in Today's Economy" by Larra Clark and...

Open Source Integrated Library Systems

"A thorough process of evaluating an integrated library system (ILS) today would not be complete without also weighing the open source ILS products against their proprietary counterparts." — Chapter 4, "Open Source Integrated Library Systems""As libraries make decisions about what software to use when automating their operations, it is vital for decision-makers to have a solid grasp of the...

Librarianship in Virtual Worlds

“For libraries and library-related organizations interested in developing a presence in one or more virtual worlds, this issue of LTR may prove a useful tool for understanding the breadth and depth of the VW scene..."Virtual worlds are here to stay, says Tom Peters ("Maxito Ricardo" in Second Life and Lively) in the October issue of Library Technology Reports. In "Librarianship in Virtual...

WorldCat Local at the Univ. of Washington Libraries

“...The new search catalog, WorldCat, is AMAZING compared to the old University of Washington library search. It's one of those things I wished we had, and then, all the sudden, it was there. Bravo!"—User, quoted in LTR 44:6, p. 39The University of Washington Libraries' information and library material discovery-and-delivery platform WorldCat Local was launched in the spring of 2007. It...

On the Move with the Mobile Web: Libraries and Mobile Technologies

“ Imagine... Libraries are already offering amazing services through the use of the mobile Web. Imagine where we'll be in a year or two as mobile Internet adoption continues to increase and portable devices steadily improve."—LTR 44:5, p. 38The fifth issue of Library Technology Reports this year looks to the very near future — and for some libraries "on the move with the mobile Web," it...

Drupal in Libraries

“We've seen a number of library sites really take off and come up with new ways to reach their patrons—especially by marketing library programs,” Michael Samuelson, Web Developer, Idaho Commission for LibrariesThe Idaho Commission for Libraries (formerly called the Idaho State Library) is an organization that helps libraries in Idaho "better serve their clientele," says Web developer Michael...

Gaming and Libraries Update: Broadening the Intersections

“…the year gaming caught the imagination of libraries…” “Top 10 Library Stories of 2007,” American Libraries, December 2007 “And what an amazing year it was,” recalls Jenny Levine in the new issue of Library Technology Reports, “Gaming and Libraries Update: Broadening the Intersections.”“In an uncharacteristically (for our profession) viral and rapid way, videogame services in libraries...

The Preservation of Digital Materials

"As a specialty, digital preservation has to be one of the most interesting areas ever to emerge in the domain of information science." — "The Preservation of Digital Materials," Library Technology Reports 44:2, "Introduction" Priscilla Caplan, author of the second issue of Library Technology Reports in 2008, is Assistant Director for Digital Library Services at the Florida Center for...

Changing the Way We Work

"We have tools that make connecting and working with others easier, cheaper, and faster than ever." — "Changing the Way We Work," Library Technology Reports 44:1, Chapter 2 The way of work in the Information Age continues to be commuted by the Internet. The interconnected, collaborative functionality the World Wide Web provides, when implemented and utilized, can help individuals, as well as...

Information Organization Future for Libraries

"As a long-time cataloger, I truly feel the pain that technical services personnel have known for a long time: the era of the library OPAC is over." — Brad Eden, from the "Introduction" of Library Technology Reports 43:6 As library technologists and librarians are well aware, since the advent of the Internet, the relationship between the user and his/her library has changed. In a world of...