Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) Volume 27, Number 3 September 2008

President’s Message (2) [PDF]
Andrew K. Pace

Editorial (3-5) [PDF]
Marc Truitt

Editorial Board Thoughts (6-7) [PDF]
Matthew M. Bejune

From Our Readers: Virtues and Values in Digital Library Architecture (8-11) [PDF]
Mark Cyzyk

Editor’s Note: “From Our Readers” will be an occasional feature, highlighting ITAL readers’ letters and commentaries on timely issues.

MyLibrary: A Digital Library Framework and Toolkit (12-24) [PDF]
Eric Lease Morgan

This article describes a digital library framework and toolkit called MyLibrary. At its heart, MyLibrary is designed to create relationships between information resources and people. To this end, MyLibrary is made up of essentially four parts: (1) information resources, (2) patrons, (3) librarians, and (4) a set of locally defined, institution-specific facet/term combinations interconnecting the first three. On another level, MyLibrary is a set of object-oriented Perl modules intended to read and write to a specifically shaped relational database. Used in conjunction with other computer applications and tools, MyLibrary provides a way to create and support digital library collections and services. Librarians and developers can use MyLibrary to create any number of digital library applications: full-text indexes to journal literature, a traditional library catalog complete with circulation, a database-driven website, an institutional repository, an image database, etc. The article describes each of these points in greater detail.

Are PDF Documents Accessible? (25-43) [PDF]
Mireia Ribera Turró

Adobe PDF is one of the most widely used formats in scientific communications and in administrative documents. In its latest versions it has incorporated structural tags and improvements that increase its level of accessibility. This article reviews the concept of accessibility in the reading of digital documents and evaluates the accessibility of PDF according to the most widely established standards.

COMMUNICATIONS

Administering an Open-Source Wireless Network (44-54) [PDF]
James Feher and Tyler Sondag

This tutorial presents enhancements to an open-source wireless network discussed in the June 2007 issue of ITAL that should reduce its administrative burden. In addition, it will demonstrate an opensource monitoring script written for the wireless network.

Returning Classification to the Catalog (55-60) [PDF]
Robert N. Bland and Mark A. Stoffan

The concept of a classified catalog, or using classification as a form of subject access, has been almost forgotten by contemporary librarians. Recent developments indicate that this is changing as libraries seek to enhance the capabilities of their online catalogs. The Western North Carolina Library Network (WNCLN) has developed a “classified browse” feature for its shared online catalog that makes use of Library of Congress classification. While this feature is not expected to replace keyword searching, it offers both novice and experienced library users another way of identifying relevant materials.

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