Previews and Coming Attractions
by Dick Kaser
This month’s issue of Computers in Libraries was, from the start, planned to go along with our long-running spring library tech show in Washington, D.C.—now in its 29th year. Both casually known by the name “CIL,” the conference and the magazine are actually produced separately. But this year, we’ve made an effort to bring them together for this issue. Three of the four features this month come directly from sessions you will see when you attend the conference. They are as follows:
- David M. Lisa and Jordan Hample’s piece about how the Camden County Library System developed its library app
- Michael Blake’s article about how you can promote your library’s apps using an “app store” model
- Chad Mairn’s article about how to use indoor Google Maps to encourage user navigation of your library’s physical space
Those are, of course, just a few of the talks that will be given at CIL 2014, where I count roughly 200 speakers on the program, including our regular columnist and library systems expert Marshall Breeding who writes in this issue about how your library can employ APIs to save time and improve service.
In partnering with our event to produce this issue, I’ve not only borrowed event speakers to write for us, but I’ve stolen the conference theme and put in the on the cover: Hack the Library. Now, when we say “hack,” we don’t mean break in and steal stuff. We mean “break up and put back together again” in new, exciting, and ingenious ways. Everything in this issue and everything at the upcoming conference will help you do that.
Enjoy the read. See you at the show.
Dick Kaser, Executive Editor