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Ask a Librarian PocketCirc, Enterprise 2.0
Ask a Librarian is a monthly feature where librarians have a
SirsiDynix is freeing librarians
chance to comment on Computers in Libraries’ topic of the month.
from the circulation desk with Hori-
In this installment, Carolyn Sosnowski, information specialist in
zon PocketCirc 1.0. The handheld
the Special Libraries Association’s (SLA) Information Center, talks
device enables staff members to take
about how libraries can get the most out of content they create
inventory from within the stacks,
Carolyn Sosnowski themselves. The following has been edited for style and length.
gather in-house statistical counts at
Q: As content creation gains popularity, do you think all libraries will even- sorting shelves or shelving carts, and
perform other circulation tasks out-
tually have to become publishers as well as collectors? Why or why not?
side the library walls, such as at com-
A: In my opinion, it depends on the type of library you work in, the type of li- munity events or in bookmobiles, ac-
cording to SirsiDynix.
brarian you are, and, most importantly, the needs of the clients you serve. We
SirsiDynix also released Enter-
maintain a small collection [at the Information Center], and the majority of
prise 2.0, a search solution that uses
our day is filled with creating various resources for use by the staff here as
“fuzzy logic” to provide accurate re-
well as the members. I am doing this type of work through creating blogs and
sults regardless of misspellings, di-
wikis to repurpose existing content, conducting surveys and research, and us-
acritics, suffixes, prefixes