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Vol. 25 No. 7 — Jul/Aug 2005

FEATURE
How to Use This Directory

Now It’s Totally Live Online

This year, the printed Buyer’s Guide that you’re holding in your hands is not the be-all, end-all that it used to be. As useful as it is, this paper Buyer’s Guide is now the secondary version of this long-standing product. Our new online version is king of content. Let me explain.

We have revamped the Computers in Libraries Buyer’s Guide from start to finish. No longer do we send out paper survey forms for vendors to update, then key in the changes, then extract the database information once a year to produce our annual print directory. Instead, now we are totally live online. Our hard-working IT guys re-created our database so that vendors could update their own product, service, and address listings online. We invited all past Buyer’s Guide vendors (along with some new ones) to visit our dedicated Web site and to make changes online.

For buyers, the new front end will make it easier for you to search by keyword, company, or category. What’s more, vendors can now log in to their records anytime and update their listings. So our online version will always be more up-to-date. This is why these printed pages are now taking a back seat. Right now, what you see in print is all of the listings that vendors updated by our print-production deadline in May; by the time you’re reading this in July, there will be more listings online than there are here.

Both versions work the same way:

Products and Services by Category

Various types of hardware, software,  supplies, and services related to library au­to­mation are listed in the first section. We’ve also listed many types of information that are sold or licensed. Got an idea of the general type of product you want? Look here to find out who sells or distributes it. The categories are extensive, so you should be able to find whatever you need. If not, be sure to drop a line to CIL editor Kathy Dempsey at kdempsey@infotoday.com.

Products and Services by Vendor

This is an inverse listing of the previous section, which collates all of the products and services offered by one company under its name. Look up vendors alphabetically to find out every­thing that a given company has to offer.

Addresses of Companies

This section is the heart of the Guide—the complete and up-to-date listing of addresses, phone/fax numbers, e-mail addresses, and URLs for all the companies, distributors, and suppliers that list in the Guide. Once you’ve found something you want to buy, use this section to figure out how to contact the company.

Consultants Listings

One aim of the Buyer’s Guide has always been to draw attention to consultants. This section lists only companies that do consulting work, so it may come in han­dy when you are contemplating change, seeking outside help, or writing a marketing plan.

Old and New Disclaimers

We gather new data directly from companies, using online survey forms. With our new system, whatever vendors enter online becomes part of our database, without any intermediaries doing data entry or fact-checking. So what the vendors enter is exactly what you get.

All companies in this industry are welcome to have free listings printed here. We make every attempt to ensure accuracy and completeness, but human (or computer) error is always a possibility. If you find any inaccuracies, please let the vendor know.

 


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