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Information Technology and Libraries: User Authentication in the Public Areas of Academic Libraries in North Carolina

planet code4lib - Mon, 2015-06-15 04:00

The clash of principles between protecting privacy and protecting security can create an impasse between libraries, campus IT departments, and academic administration over authentication issues with the public area PCs in the library. This research takes an in-depth look at the state of authentication practices within a specific region (i.e. all the academic libraries in North Carolina) in an attempt to create a profile of those libraries that choose to authenticate or not.  The researchers reviewed an extensive amount of data to identify the factors involved with this decision.

Information Technology and Libraries: Evaluating Web-Scale Discovery Services: A Step-by-Step Guide

planet code4lib - Mon, 2015-06-15 04:00
Selecting a web-scale discovery service is a large and important undertaking that involves a significant investment of time, staff, and resources. Finding the right match begins with a thorough and carefully planned evaluation process. In order to be successful, this process should be inclusive, goal-oriented, data-driven, user-centered, and transparent. The following article offers a step-by-step guide for developing a web-scale discovery evaluation plan rooted in these five key principles based on best practices synthesized from the literature as well as the author’s own experiences coordinating the evaluation process at Rutgers University. The goal is to offer academic libraries that are considering acquiring a web-scale discovery service a blueprint for planning a structured and comprehensive evaluation process.

Information Technology and Libraries: Engine Of Innovation: Building the High Performance Catalog

planet code4lib - Mon, 2015-06-15 04:00
Numerous studies have indicated the sophisticated web-based search engines have eclipsed the primary importance of the library catalog as the premier tool for researchers in Higher education.  We submit that the catalog remains central to the research process.  Through a series of strategic enhancements, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in partnership with the other members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network, has made the catalog a carrier of services in addition to bibliographic data, facilitating not simply discovery but also delivery of the information researchers seek.

Information Technology and Libraries: A Library in the Palm of Your Hand: Mobile Services in Top 100 University Libraries

planet code4lib - Mon, 2015-06-15 04:00
What is the current state of mobile services among academic libraries of the country’s top 100 universities, and what are the best practices for librarians implementing mobile services at the university level? Through in-depth website visits and survey questionnaires, the authors studied each of the top 100 universities’ libraries’ experiences with mobile services. Results showed that all of these libraries offered at least one mobile service, and the majority offered multiple services. The most common mobile services offered were mobile sites, text messaging services, e-books, and mobile access to databases and the catalog. In addition, chat/IM services, social media accounts and apps were very popular.  Survey responses also indicated a trend towards responsive design for websites so that patrons can access the library’s full site on any mobile device. Respondents recommend that libraries considering offering mobile services begin as soon as possible as patron demand for these services is expected to increase.

Information Technology and Libraries: What’s in a word? : Rethinking facet headings in a discovery service

planet code4lib - Mon, 2015-06-15 04:00

The emergence of Discovery systems has been well received by libraries who have long been concerned with offering a smorgasbord of databases that require either individual searching of databases or the problematic use of federated searching.  The ability to search across a wide array of subscribed and open-access information resources via a centralized index has opened up access for users to a library’s wealth of information resources.  This capability has been particularly praised for its ‘google like’ search interface, thereby conforming to user expectations for information searching.  Yet, all discovery services also include facets as a search capability and thus provide faceted navigation which is a search feature that Google is not particularly well suited for.  Discovery services thus provide a hybrid search interface.  An examination of e-commerce sites clearly shows that faceted navigation is an integral part of their discovery systems.  Many library OPACs also now are being developed with faceted navigation capabilities.  However, the discovery services faceted structures suffer from a number of problems which inhibit their usefulness and their potential.  This article examines a number of these issues and it offers suggestions for improving the discovery search interface.  It also argues that vendors and libraries need to work together to more closely analyze the user experience of the discovery system.


DuraSpace News: The DSpace Technology Roadmap at OR2015

planet code4lib - Mon, 2015-06-15 00:00

Winchester, MA  At last week's Open Repositories Conference Tim Donohue, DSpace Technical Lead, presented the DSpace Technology Roadmap for 2015-2016 on behalf of Roadmap Working Group members:

• Tim Donohue, DuraSpace

• Stuart Lewis, University of Edinburgh

• Lievan Droogmans, @mire

• Jonathan Markow, DuraSpace

• Michele Mennielli, CINECA

• Richard Rodgers, Massachusettes Institute of Technology

Open Library Data Additions: Amazon Crawl: part dd

planet code4lib - Sun, 2015-06-14 18:56

Part dd of Amazon crawl..

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This item has files of the following types: Data, Data, Metadata, Text

William Denton: Spectacles and standards

planet code4lib - Sun, 2015-06-14 13:15

Two or three years ago I bought “vintage” (i.e. “used”) eyeglasses from Gadabout way out east on Queen here in Toronto. I took them to Josephson Opticians and had my new prescription put in and everything worked very well … until the left temple began to get wiggly in the middle and eventually broke in two.

A problem in the temple.

I tried tape and glue, but nothing held it together, so I took the glasses back into Josephson to see what they could do. They said they couldn’t weld it—the metal was too thin and that never worked for temples—but they could just order in new temples. The glasses were old, so they used standard parts, and those parts were still available.

It turns out that eyeglasses all used to use standard parts—the frames and design would be different, but the temples and nose pads and hinges and such all had common sizes and screws and could be swapped in or replaced. In Canada today the place to get those parts is McCray Optical Supply, which sells cable temples coloured gold and silver in the common 105 mm length.

New eyeglasses all have different parts. Each manufacturer makes their own hinges and nose pads and you can’t move a piece from one pair over to another’s. When you get glasses now, you’re buying into a closed, proprietary system. The user freedom that came from open standards and open hardware is gone.

I’m happy my eyeglasses are part of the older open spectacle world. The new temples fitted and the glasses are back in action.



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