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Magazines > Computers in Libraries > October 2007

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Computers in Libraries
VOLUME 27, NUMBER 9 — October 2007
Computers in Libraries
Complete Coverage of Library Information Technology

This Month: 21st-Century Library Systems


Fac-Back-OPAC: An Open Source Interface to Your Library System
The new Fac-Back-OPAC (a faceted backup OPAC) is built on code that was written earlier this year. It represents a convergence of two trends: decoupling discovery tools from the traditional ILS and using open source components to rapidly produce leading-edge technology to meet our needs. The authors call it “one of the canonical examples of the next generation of OPACs coming to the market.”
By Mike Beccaria and Dan Scott

Page 6

Dreaming of a Better ILS
Lots of people dream about what they’d want in a “new and improved” ILS. CIL asked this author to put the question to a number of library tech experts, then study their responses. Here she reports on the wishes they all have in common and the dreams of the individuals.
By Ellen Bahr

Page 10
Plug Your Users Into Library Resources With OpenSearch Plug-Ins
To bring the library catalog and other online resources right into users’ workspace, this tech librarian learned to build and use OpenSearch plug-ins. He explains how an OpenSearch description document can allow other programs (like Web browsers) to integrate elements of a search engine into their interfaces. It makes searching from the library’s page easier for users.
By Nicholas C. Baker
Page 16
Libraries in Computers
Delivering What People Need, When and Where They Need It
By Daniel Chudnov
Page 31

The Systems Librarian
The Birth of a New Generation of Library Interfaces
By Marshall Breeding

Page 34

Otherworldly Accessibility
By Tom Peters and Lori Bell

Page 38

Online Treasures
Will the ILS Soon Be as Obsolete as the Card Catalog?
By Janet L. Balas

Page 41
Editor’s Notes
Frustrated and Dreaming of Better Tools
By Kathy Dempsey
Page 4
Tech Tips for Every Librarian
Cache Me if You Can
By Michael Stephens and Rachel Singer Gordon
Page 48
Noted & Quoted Page 50
Books to Check Out Page 52
Helping You Buy
By Richard Wayne
Page 23
How to Write for CIL Page 44
Internet Librarian Conference Preview Page 45
Library Tech Connection Page 55
Index to Advertisers Page 56

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