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Computers in Libraries
VOLUME 26, NUMBER 4 — April 2006
Computers in Libraries
Complete Coverage of Library Information Technology

This Month: How You Deliver Info Better than the Web


Nurse Refresher Students Get a Hand from Handhelds
Medical professionals often need information while they’re with patients, and portable digital assistants (PDAs) have become one of the best solutions for mobile searching. This article illustrates how info pros in one medical library collaborated with administrators of a nursing education program to purchase PDAs and appropriate software. The nurses learned how to use the PDAs to get point-of-care data while taking their refresher courses.
By Helen Colevins, Diana Bond, and Kathy Clark

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How to Serve Content to PDA Users on-the-Go
It’s important to realize that content looks and works very differently on the small screens of hand-held devices. As more people use these portable computers, you need to be sure your content is accessible for them. This article explains how screen size, bandwidth, scrolling functions, and more are different from desktop PCs and what you need to do to accommodate the format.
By Colleen Cuddy

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Podcasting 101 for K–12 Librarians
Making podcasts is a hot new way to keep students engaged in their educational endeavors. Librarians are learning the ropes so they can help students and teachers podcast and promote their projects. This feature will teach you the basics of creating these broadcasts and give you some great ideas for incorporating them into assignments.
By Esther Kreider Eash
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The Systems Librarian
How We Funneled Searchers from Google to Our Collections by Catering to Web Crawlers
By Marshall Breeding

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Accessible IT
Audio Description Adds Value to Digital Images
By Lori Bell and Tom Peters

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Computers in Small Libraries
So Many Mobile Devices, So Little Time
By Gary Roberts
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Online Treasures
What’s in Their Pockets? Mobile Electronics
By Janet L. Balas

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Editor’s Notes
Going Mobile
By Kathy Dempsey
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Tech Tips for Every Librarian
IM=FASTER Virtual Reference on the Cheap!
By Rachel Singer Gordon and Michael Stephens
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Newsline Page 38
Noted & Quoted Page 42
Books to Check Out Page 44
Index to Advertisers Page 48

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