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The Top Ten Things Library Administrators Should Know About Technology

Roy Tennant: It's not insulting to say that those who run libraries tend not to know all that much about technology. A very different set of skills are needed to run an organization, and those skills do not often come packaged along with technical knowledge and experience. But administrators need to know some specific things about technology in order to do their jobs well, so here is my list...


Thanks for the list. Good food for thought, especially as I am a library administrator with, shall we say, less than cutting-edge technology skills and understanding. My frustration comes in trying to print out your list so I can refer to it easily. Not possible (as far as I can tell). And I could not even reach you directly from the blog (as far as I could determine). So -- hope you are here to help me make a nice printed copy. Thanks.

The best way to print the tips would be to select the text, copy it and then paste it into a word processing program.

"Everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds"

-Candide by Voltaire

I did this but (1) the numbers and paragraphing did not come through; (2) there is only one space after a period instead of two (or is this the new system and I am hopelessly out of date?); and (3) some punctuation marks did not copy properly. So I needed about ten minutes to spiff up the text for printing. It is "a way" but not "the best way" -- direct printing of a nicely formated document with proper attribution included. Or maybe I'm just crabby today. :-)

Maybe try these:

curl [insert URL of interest] | enscript --margins=50:50:50:50 -o - - | ps2pdfwr - [desired PDF filename]

lynx -dump [insert URL of interest] | enscript --margins=50:50:50:50 -o - - | ps2pdfwr - [desired PDF filename]
Stephen Michael Kellat, MSLS