Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) Volume 26, Number 2 June 2007

President’s Column

BONNIE POSTLETHWAITE, (2) [PDF]

Editorial

The Virtues of Deliberation (3) [PDF]
JOHN WEBB

Featured Articles

Public Libraries and Internet Access across the United States: A Comparison by State, 2004–2006

PAUL T. JAEGER, JOHN CARLO BERTOT, CHARLES R. MCCLURE, AND MIRANDA RODRIGUEZ, (4-14) [PDF]

Drawing upon findings from a national survey of U.S. public libraries, this paper examines trends in Internet and public computing access in public libraries across states from 2004 to 2006. Based on library-supplied information about levels and types of Internet and public computing access, the authors offer insights into the network-based content and services that public libraries provide. Examining data from 2004 to 2006 reveals trends and accomplishments in certain states and geographic regions. This paper details and discusses the data, identifies and analyzes issues related to Internet access, and suggests areas for future research.

Misinformation and Bias in Metadata Processing: Matching in Large Databases

GAIL THORNBURG AND W. MICHAEL OSKINS, (15-26) [PDF]


This article discusses structural, systems, and other types of bias that arise in matching new records to large databases. The focus is databases for bibliographic utilities, but other related database concerns will be discussed. Problems of satisfying a “match” with sufficient flexibility and rigor in an environment of imperfect data are presented, and sources of unintentional variance are discussed.

Index Blending: Enabling the Development of Definitive, Discipline-Specific Resources

SAM BROOKS AND MARK HERRICK, (27-34) [PDF]

Index Blending is the process of database development whereby various components are merged and refined to create a single encompassing source of information. Once a research need is determined for a given area of study, existing resources are examined for value and possible contribution to the end product. Index Blending focuses on the quality of bibliographic records as the primary factor with the addition of full text to enhance the end user’s research experience as an added convenience. Key examples of the process of Index Blending involve the fields of communication and mass media, hospitality and tourism, as well as computers and applied sciences. When academia, vendors, subject experts, lexicographers, and other contributors are brought together through the various factors associated with Index Blending, relevant discipline-specific research may be greatly enhanced.

Open Source Wifi Hotspot Implementation

TYLER SONDAG AND JIM FEHER, (35-43) [PDF]

The goal of this paper is to describe a design—including the hardware, software, and configuration––for an open source wireless network. The network designed will require authentication. While care will be taken to keep the authentication exchange secure, the network will otherwise transmit data without encryption.

MetaSearching and Beyond: Implementation Experiences and Advice from an Academic Library

GAIL HERRERA, (44-52) [PDF]

In March 2003 the University of Mississippi Libraries made our MetaSearch tool publicly available. After a year of working with this product and integrating it into the library Web site, a wide variety of libraries interested in our implementation process and experiences began to call. Libraries interested in this product have included consortia, public, and academic libraries in the United States, Mexico, and Europe. This article was written in an effort to share the recommendations and concerns given. Much of the advice is general and could be applied to many of the MetaSearch tools available. Google Scholar and other open Web initiatives that could impact the future of MetaSearching are also discussed.

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