COMPUTERS IN LIBRARIES
DLF Names New Program Director
The Council on Library and Information Ask a Librarian
Resources’ Digital Library Federation
(DLF) named Rachel Frick, former senior Ask a Librarian is a monthly feature
program officer for the National Leadership where librarians have a chance to
Grants Program for Libraries at the Institute for Museum and comment on Computers in Libraries’
Library Services (IMLS), to fill the same position at DLF. topic of the month. In this install-
Frick’s previous experience, in addition to her tenure at IMLS, ment, Eric Schnell, assistant director
includes time at the University of Richmond and Virginia Com- of technology and digital initiatives at
monwealth University, as well as being a sales manager for the the Ohio State University’s John A.
Faxon Co. She has also participated in the Frye Leadership In- Prior Health Sciences Library, talks
stitute during her time at Richmond. about how libraries can do the best they can with
what they have.
Gale, Ex Libris Offer Primo Partnership Q: How can a library improve services, or create
Ex Libris announced that an agreement with Gale, a part of new ones, if it doesn’t have the resources to buy new
Cengage Learning, will bring a number of Gale’s academic data- technology platforms?
bases to the Primo Central mega-aggregate of scholarly econ-
tent. The flagship full-text periodical databases Academic One- A: The key to libraries being able to afford the lat-
File and General OneFile, together with the Eighteenth est technologies to improve and create new services
Century Collections Online and Sabin Americana resources, are is to break the library systems life cycle.
now available via Primo Central. Libraries treat technology solutions like cars. Af-
Gale is the most recent aggregator to make its content avail- ter evaluating the marketplace, libraries license so-
able through Primo Central and has provided metadata for in- lutions with the features that meet their current
dexing within the service. Primo Central provides a centralized needs. Libraries use those solutions even after they
index comprising data harvested from primary and secondary lack the latest and more desirable accessories. So
publishers and aggregators. many resources are i