Computers in Libraries

Cover Image VOLUME 22, NUMBER 9 OCTOBER 2002  
Computers in Libraries
Complete Coverage of Library Information Technology 

This Month: Redefining the Library Experience

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FEATURES 
The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Your Virtual Libraries
If you think artificial intelligence is only the stuff of sci-fi, welcome to the 21st century. Learn what AI really is and what it can do for library service. The author, who's implementing AI, includes examples to look at and vendors to contact in this primer.
by Roy Balleste
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Alice in E-Book Land: A Primer for Librarians
Deciding whether to bring e-books into your library's collection can feel like stumbling on a place where everything just keeps getting "curiouser and curiouser." This author makes sense of the decisions you face in E-Book Land, from hardware and software to content.
by David Mattison
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S.A.I.L.S. Library Network: Charting a Course into the 21st Century
Until 1999, this network's member libraries maintained their catalogs on separate, outdated computers. Together, they set sail for a centralized, Web-based system that looks like an online bookstore--and patrons have rushed aboard.
by Debby Conrad and Laurie Lessner
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MusiCat System Makes Library Searches More Fruitful
A carefully constructed Web shell is allowing patrons to search one library catalog in a whole new way. Since the design eliminates the need for keywords and Boolean expertise, patrons can think like patrons and still get great search results.
by Per Hofman Hansen
Page 26
Exploring Planet PDA: The Librarian as Astronaut, Innovator, and Expert[Full Text]
Trying out new technologies in the library can be an exciting adventure, as these authors discovered when they introduced the "alien culture" of hand-held computers to their patrons.
by Carol Galganski, Tom Peters, and Lori Bell
Page 32
COLUMNS 
The View from the Top Left Corner
Planning for Those 'Unknown Unknown' Projects
by Michael Schuyler
Page 38
Online Treasures
Will There Be Libraries to Visit in Our Future?
by Janet L. Balas
Page 41
Building Digital Libraries
Playing in the Technology Sandbox[Full Text]
by Donna Stevenson
Page 45
Coming Full Circle
Redefine the Experience, Not the Library
by Andrew K. Pace
Page 47
DEPARTMENTS 
Editor's Notes
Imagine the Way Libraries Could Be[Full Text]
by Kathy Dempsey
Page 6
Newsline[Full Text] Page 8
Newsline Reports 
Library of the Future Award Winner Overcame Challenges to Unite Its Region
by Kathy Dempsey 
Page 10
People & Places Page 50
SPECIAL SECTION 
How to Contribute to CIL Page 37
ADVERTISING 
Library Tech Connection [PDF]  Page 68
Index to Advertisers Page 71
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