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Computers in Libraries
VOLUME 27, NUMBER 5 — May 2007
Computers in Libraries
Complete Coverage of Library Information Technology

This Month: Physical Space, Digital Space


Redesigning a Library Space for Collaborative Learning
Traditionally, libraries have been physically set up for quiet, solitary work. Now that people want to be social and students often get group assignments, where can they find workspace to suit them? Enter the new trend of library collaborative spaces, where people can access resources while sitting, talking, and working together. Here you can learn about successful setup from the trial-and-error process of those who’ve already changed their space.
By Ralph B. Gabbard, Anthony Kaiser, and David Kaunelis

Page 6

Online Library Card Registration Enables Free Passage to Digital Gems
Having to register for new library cards in person is a barrier for people who can’t get to their local branches during open hours. Now that people can do so many things online when it’s convenient for them, why not let them register for library cards this way? Now it’s possible, even when you need to authenticate the patron’s address. The Contra Costa County crew set up this functionality with a vendor, and now they enjoy smooth sailing.
By Lorrie Ann Butler and Susan Kantor-Horning

Page 12

How You Can Protect Public Access Computers and Their Users
Your physical space intersects with your digital space right where your public access computers sit. Keeping the PACs free from problems is mostly your responsibility, but the patrons who use them play a big role too. How can you keep your good patrons safe from your PACs’ dangers, and how can you keep the PACs safe from the not-so-well-meaning patrons? Take this systems administrator’s advice.
By Phil Huang

Page 16

The Systems Librarian
We Need to Go Beyond Web 2.0
By Marshall Breeding
Page 22

Online Treasures
Physical Space and Digital Space—Librarians Belong in Both
By Janet L. Balas

Page 26

Building Digital Libraries
Inquiry-Based Learning and Library Design
By Terence K. Huwe

Page 34

Libraries in Computers
code4libcon Shows What a Participatory Conference Looks Like
By Daniel Chudnov

Page 37
Editor’s Notes
Which Space Should You Focus On?
By Kathy Dempsey
Page 4
Tech Tips for Every Librarian
Promoting Productivity
By Rachel Singer Gordon and Michael Stephens
Page 30
Books to Check Out Page 42
Noted & Quoted Page 43
How to Write for CIL Page 39
Index to Advertisers Page 48

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