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VOLUME 28, NUMBER 1— January 2008
Computers in Libraries
Complete Coverage of Library Information Technology

This Month: Finding Out What People Want from Library Technology

 
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How We Surveyed Doctors to Learn What They Want From Computers and Technology
Librarians at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital Center needed to write a 3-year strategic plan that included technology data. To find out how often doctors and residents used computers, and what sort of info they accessed, several people conducted an online survey asking very specific questions. The results helped them write their plan and, maybe more importantly, helped them justify a big budget increase to buy more computers.
By Tania Bardyn, Caroline Young, and Lin C. Lombardi

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Building a Web-Based Laboratory so Users Can Experiment With New Services Click here for full-text.
Academic librarians who were mindful of the fact that a lot of their online services were under-used came up with a plan to improve the situation. Rather than working hard to set up services that might just sit there, they created a “web lab” where they put partially functional software for patrons and faculty to play with and comment on. Now those comments can affect software design before it’s too late, so services are more user-friendly—and more used.
By Jason J. Battles and Joseph (Jody) D. Combs

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Using Focus Groups to Learn About My Wiki
After her blog attracted few responses, Merrie Davidson decided she’d build a wiki instead, to invite more student interaction. To ensure that would do the trick, she decided to ask her students what they thought of wikis and how they used them. So she held two focus groups, and she heard some surprising answers.
By Merrie Davidson
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COLUMNS

The Systems Librarian
An Analytical Approach to Assessing the Effectiveness of Web-Based Resources
By Marshall Breeding

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Libraries in Computers
Upgrading to Geek 2008
By Daniel Chudnov

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Building Digital Libraries
The Joy of Finding Out What People Don’t Want
By Terence K. Huwe
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DEPARTMENTS
Editor’s Notes
Why Assume When You Can Ask?
By Kathy Dempsey
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Books to Check Out Page 34
Online Treasures
Asking Users What They Want
By Janet L. Balas
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Noted & Quoted Page 36
Newsline Reports
Highlights From Internet Librarian 2007
By Kathy Dempsey
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Tech Tips for Every Librarian
Data and Desires: What Users Really Want
By Jessamyn West and Rachel Singer Gordon
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SPECIAL SECTIONS
Computers in Libraries 2008 Conference Preview Page 29
How to Write for CIL Page 38
ADVERTISING
Index to Advertisers Page 48

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