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Computers in Libraries
VOLUME 25, NUMBER 5 — May 2005
Computers in Libraries
Complete Coverage of Library Information Technology

This Month: Open Access/Open Source


Using LAMP Applications to Make Our Library Shine
Four pieces of open source software that are being used together have become known as “LAMP.” What are they? What can you do with them? This article explains how SUNY techie librarians have used them to build Web sites, chat reference services, request-tracking tools, and resource management systems.
By Andrew White and Joseph Balsamo

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Implementing RAKIM Open Source Chat Reference Software
Librarians at a technical college wanted to try using chat reference to communicate with students at branch campuses that didn't have their own physical libraries. But they were hesitant to buy an expensive software package when they weren't sure how much the service would be used. So they implemented RAKIM, a chat reference package built with open source software.
By Shawn Carraway and Susan Payne

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You Can Deliver the Goods Better, Faster, and Cheaper with Open Source Databases
Setting up open source databases is easier than you may realize. This author walks you through the basics of creating your first database, then offers tips on how to maintain tables and avoid hackers.
By Kyle Banerjee
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Coming Full Circle
Gimme That E-Book Religion
By Andrew Pace
Page 30
Computers in Small Libraries
Linux Adventures on a Laptop
By Gary Roberts
Page 33
Online Treasures
There's No Need to Fear Open Source Click for full-text HTML version (free) from Information Today, Inc.!
By Janet L. Balas
Page 36
The Systems Librarian
Looking Toward the Future of Library Technology
By Marshall Breeding
Page 39

Editor's Notes
Open Source Has Grown Up and You're in the Driver's Seat
By Kathy Dempsey

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ask techman
By D. Scott Brandt

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Noted & Quoted Page 49
Helping You Buy: Self-Check Systems
By Jason Vaughan and Jennifer Fabbi
Page 23
How to Write for CIL Page 43
Index to Advertisers Page 56

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