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Vol. 23 No. 1 — January 2003
EDITOR'S NOTES
Great New Content in CIL
by Kathy Dempsey

Happy New Year, and welcome to Computers in Libraries 2003. As is the norm for "all things January," we've got some fresh new stuff going on to kick off the year.

First, we have a new series of articles that will run throughout this year. It's called ILS Marketplace: CIL's Quarterly Series on Library Automation Markets. In this series, which brings CIL back to its roots in library systems, guru Pamela Cibbarelli delivers a wealth of information that you can use to compare ILS products. With information from her exhaustive surveys, Cibbarelli delivers the facts on features that vendors offer now, and on what they have in the works. The resulting charts let you do side-by-side product comparisons. And to add even more value, Cibbarelli surveyed librarians who use each of these systems, and she's encapsulated their opinions on how these products work in real-life situations.

So you'll want to turn straight to page 31 and dive in. This first article covers ILS software for public libraries. We'll deliver the same for other market segments: corporate/special libraries (April), school (June), and academic (November/December). If you want to fill out a user rating survey, simply go to http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/survey/default.htm.

My second piece of news is just as exciting. We have a new columnist, who many of you may be familiar with already. CIL welcomes Marshall Breeding, the widely known systems expert who hails from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. He debuts in this issue with his new column, The Systems Librarian, which will appear monthly. He'll be discussing the serious technical stuff, not only on the installation and use side, but also on the vendor side, keeping you up-to-date on what the automation companies have in store. I think this column perfectly rounds out CIL's coverage of library technology. Check out his introduction on page 47.

And while I'm on the subject of new things, let me give you a sneak peek at February. That's when we'll premiere our second new columnist of 2003. I am pleased to welcome Terence K. Huwe to the CIL family. Huwe, a Berkeley library director, will be taking over the half-time column called Building Digital Libraries.

So that's what's new. And we still have all your old favorites too: Our longtime columnists are happily still with us, and we'll keep on delivering the case studies and the how-to features that you've come to expect from us. And speaking of features, you'll want to read them all this month. The theme is Web Site Usability, and if you think your site is already usable, read these and think again. Remember, your Web site is often the "public face" of your organization; it should be intuitive and impressive. This is not a place to skimp! You should make your sites the very best they can be, and CIL magazine and all its dedicated writers are here to help.

Kathy Dempsey, Editor
kdempsey@infotoday.com


Kathleen L. Dempsey is the Editor of Computers in Libraries. Her email address is: kdempsey@infotoday.com

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