Computers in Libraries

Cover Image VOLUME 22, NUMBER 3 MARCH 2002
Computers in Libraries
Complete Coverage of Library Information Technology

This Month: The Latest Experiences in Automation Technology

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Murphy Was a Librarian: a Case Study in How Not to Handle a Systems Crash
When this college library's MARC data disappeared after a systems crash, librarians there thought, Can it get any worse? The answer was a distinct Yes! and proved the saying that "anything that can go wrong will."
by Christopher Brennan and Eileen O'Hara
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Today's PDAs Can Put an OPAC in the Palm of Your Hand[Full Text]
Personal Digital Assistants, or PDAs, are entering the library world. And they're not just being carried in by savvy young patrons--they're starting to carry content for cutting-edge librarians. Check out our primer to get up-to-speed!
by Theresa A. Ross Embrey
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Mobilize Your Instruction Program with Wireless Technology
What do you do when your bibliographic instruction program just isn't going anywhere? These librarians got their program rolling by switching to laptops with wireless network connections, which they can now use to train at any location.
by Molly Susan Mathias and Steven Heser
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Automating the Antiquated: Revolutionizing the Card Catalog[Full Text]
The David Library of the American Revolution in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, was given marching orders to offer online access to its resources. This librarian tells how she helped overthrow an old card catalog and set up a new system to govern its specialized collection.
by Diana Loreman
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The Case of the Missing Students, and How We Reached Them with Streaming Media
If students are conspicuously absent from your library instruction sessions, get a clue: Stop asking them to come to you; take the instruction to them. Creating streaming video for the Internet is one way to do it.
by Christopher Cox and Stephen Pratt
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COLUMNS
The View from the Top Left Corner 
Constant Change: the 4-Year Cycle for Software and Hardware
by Michael Schuyler
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Building Digital Libraries
Making a Catalog Upgrade Go More Smoothly
by Donna Stevenson
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Techman's TechPage
Automating Your IT Help Desk
by D. Scott Brandt
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Online Treasures
Automation, the Second Time Around
by Janet L. Balas
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DEPARTMENTS
Editor's Notes
It's All About Automation[Full Text]
by Kathy Dempsey 
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Newsline[Full Text] Page 8
People & Places Page 62
SPECIAL SECTIONS
How to Contribute to CIL 2002[Full Text] Page 37
CIL 2002 Exhibit Directory Page 59
ADVERTISING
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