President’s Message (106) [PDF]
Editorial (107-108) [PDF]
Editorial Board Thoughts (109) [PDF]
Employing Virtualization in Library Computing: Use Cases and Lessons Learned (110-115) [PDF]
This paper provides a broad overview of virtualization technology and describes several examples of its use at the University of California, San Diego Libraries. Libraries can leverage virtualization to address many long-standing library computing challenges, but careful planning is needed to determine if this technology is the right solution for a specific need. This paper outlines both technical and usability considerations, and concludes with a discussion of potential enterprise impacts on the library infrastructure.
Success Factors and Strategic Planning: Rebuilding an Academic Library Digitization Program (116-136) [PDF]
This paper discusses a dual approach of case study and research survey to investigate the complex factors in sustaining academic library digitization programs. The case study involves the background of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Libraries’ digitization program and elaborates on the authors’ efforts to gain staff support for this program. A related survey was admin-istered to all Association of Research Libraries (ARL) members, seeking to collect baseline data on their digital collections, understand their respective administrative frameworks, and to gather feedback on both negative obstacles and positive inputs affecting their success. Results from the survey, combined with the authors’ local experience, point to several potential success fac-tors including staff skill sets, funding, and strategic planning.
Gender, Technology, and Libraries (137-142) [PDF]
Information technology (IT) is vitally important to many organizations, including libraries. Yet a review of employment statistics and a citation analysis show that men make up the majority of the IT workforce, in libraries and in the broader workforce. Research from sociology, psychology, and women’s studies highlights the organizational and social issues that inhibit women. Understanding why women are less evident in library IT positions will help inform measures to remedy the gender disparity.
The Efficient Storage of Text Documents in Digital Libraries (143-153) [PDF]
In this paper we investigate the possibility of improv-ing the efficiency of data compression, and thus reduc-ing storage requirements, for seven widely used text document formats. We propose an open-source text compression software library, featuring an advanced word-substitution scheme with static and semidynamic word dictionaries. The empirical results show an average storage space reduction as high as 78 percent compared to uncompressed documents, and as high as 30 percent com-pared to documents compressed with the free compression software gzip.
Delivering Information to Students 24/7 with Camtasia (154-156) [PDF]
This article examines the selection process for and use of Camtasia Studio software, a screen video cap-ture program created by TechSmith. The Camtasia Studio software allows the author to create streaming videos which gives students 24 hour access on any topics including how to order books through interlibrary loan.
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