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Purpose – This article seeks to demonstrate a technique for using a Geographic Information System (GIS) to analyze US Census data to better understand potential library users and improve library service planning. Design/methodology/approach – A GIS was used to link variables such as age,...
Purpose – This paper aims to forecast the changing roles of librarians – especially catalogers and metadata specialists – in today's technology‐driven research, teaching, and learning environments, in which information seekers behave more and more self‐sufficiently and move well beyond...
Purpose – This paper aims to shed light on federated search engine solutions by documenting how Westminster College implemented a new system after a failed attempt. Design/methodology/approach – The librarians became interested in a new federated search solution after a previous vendor was...
Purpose – This article sets out to describe the background behind WIT Libraries' recently launched new‐look web site: its origins, implementations and long‐term goals, and explain how the library is using a new web content management system to its best advantage, particularly in terms of...
Purpose – This column seeks to look at the case of a long‐standing project to arrange document delivery between US and German libraries. This case represents the broader problem of international document delivery. Design/methodology/approach – The primary methodology is anthropological. The...
Purpose – This editorial seeks to examine the definition of a “digital library” to see whether one can be constructed that usefully distinguishes a digital library from other types of electronic resources. Design/methodology/approach – The primary methodology compares definitions from...
Purpose – Libraries as they are known today can be defined by the term Library 1.0. This defines the way resources are kept on shelves or at a computer behind a login. These resources can be taken from a shelf, checked out to the librarian, taken home for a certain length of time and absorbed,...
Purpose – This paper seeks to provide a model for creating podcasts to promote academic library resources and services, with an emphasis on government documents collections. Design/methodology/approach – This paper describes the Mississippi State University (MSU) Libraries' project to develop...
Purpose – This paper seeks to learn, by way of a survey, what librarians at US colleges and universities were doing and the issues they were encountering as they considered, developed, or maintained wireless laptop computer lending programs (WLLP). Design/methodology/approach – PHPSurveyor...
Purpose – This article seeks to look at the need for a library request system that can provide improved relationship management and personalized services, and meets public expectations about advances in technology and self‐service applications. In this case, a homegrown solution fills a need...
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