Computers in Libraries

VOLUME 21, NUMBER 2 FEBRUARY 2001  
Computers in Libraries
Complete Coverage of Library Information Technology 

This Month: Customizing Services to Benefit Library Patrons

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FEATURES
Coding a Custom E-Mail Alert Service for New Books
Always wanted to provide a personalized service for your patrons, but didn't know how? Read this how-to, and your patrons will thank you. This article provides step-by-step instructions, complete with code.
by Peter Konshak
Page 24
Unpacking the Trunk: Customization and MyLibrary@NCState
The author, part of the MyLibrary@NCState management team, likens the team's discussions about service possibilities to exploring a packed steamer trunk: You never know exactly what will come out of it. He shares the thoughts and ideology behind the design of this well-known personalized service.
by Tripp Reade
Page 30
Engineering Our Own Library Catalog[Full Text]
In a company that fosters a spirit of innovation, these special librarians were encouraged to build their own online catalog, customized to the needs of their engineer patrons, instead of purchasing a commercial one. See how they did it, and what they would have done differently.
by Sara R. Tompson and George L. Goehring
Page 36
COLUMNS
The View from the Top Left Corner 
Meditations on the Dearth of New and Exciting Projects
by Michael Schuyler
Page 41
Online Treasures 
Extending a Welcome to the Library and to the Internet[Full Text]
by Janet L. Balas
Page 43
Digital Librarianship 
Portals, Vortals, and Mere Mortals
by Péter Jacsó
Page 46
Coming Full Circle 
Should MyLibrary Be in Your Library?
by Andrew K. Pace 
Page 49
SPECIAL SECTION
How to Contribute to CIL 2001[Full Text] Page 71
DEPARTMENTS
Editor's Notes 

Achieving Better Service[Full Text]
by Kathy Dempsey 
Page 6
Newsline[Full Text] Page 8
People & Places Page 52
ADVERTISING
Library Tech Connection Page 54
Index to Advertisers Page 56
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