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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...

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,...

Computer Technologies to Aid Special Audiences

From Chapter 1, "Who Aren't You Serving Digitally?"Everyone has heard of the Digital Divide and the serious ramifcations it brings to providing information to all. This report addresses the needs of three groups disenfranchised by the explosion of electronic information: People with disabilitiesOlder AdultsPeople for whom English is a second language (ESL)These groups could immediately...

Filtering and Filter Software

From the IntroductionSince June 23, 2003, when the U.S. Supreme Court found the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) constitutional, many libraries are, for the first time, seriously considering installing Internet filters.CIPA states that libraries must install a technology protection measure (such as a filter) that protects against visual depictions of obscene material, which includes...

Integrated Library Software: A Guide to Multiuser, Multifunction Systems

From the "Introduction and Scope"This issue of Library Technology Reports provides an in-depth analysis of multiuser library automation systems and the companies that produce them. These systems automate the routine operations of a library, provide library users information about the library's collection, and serve as a channel for delivering key library services.The term integrated library...