Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) Volume 27, Number 4 December 2008
President’s Message (2) [PDF]
Editorial (3-4) [PDF]
Editorial Board Thoughts (5-8) [PDF]
Metaphor’s Role In the Information Behavior of Humans Interacting with Computers (9-16) [PDF]
Editor’s note: This article is the winner of the LITA/Ex Libris Writing Award, 2008.
Evaluation of the New Jersey Digital Highway (17-24) [PDF]
The aim of this research is to study the usefulness of the New Jersey Digital Highway (NJDH, www.njdigitalhigh way.org) and its portal structure. The NJDH intends to provide an immersive and user-centered portal for New Jersey history and culture. The research recruited 145 participants and used a Web-based questionnaire that contained three sections: for everyone, for educators, and for curators. The feedback on the usefulness of the NJDH was positive and the portal structure was favorable. The research uncovered several reasons why some collections did not want to or could not participate. The findings also suggested priorities for further development. This study is one of the few on the evaluation of cultural heritage digital library.
"Just-in-Case" Answers: The Twenty-First-Century Vertical File (25-28) [PDF]
This article discusses the use of OCLC’s QuestionPoint service for managing electronic publications and other items that fall outside the scope of OCLC Library’s OPAC and Web resources pages, yet need to be “put somewhere.” The local knowledge base serves as both a collection development tool and as a virtual vertical file, with records that are easy to enter, search, update, or delete.
Playing Tag In the Dark: Diagnosing Slowness In Library Response Time (29-32) [PDF]
Index to Advertisers (32)
Index to Volume 26 (2007) (33-36) [PDF]
Index to Volume 27 (2008) (37-39) [PDF]