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August 2008

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This MonthSmart Libraries Newsletter August 2008


Library systems: Into the great, wide open...
The last few months, open-source software — and how various library systems are migrating to using it for library systems and services — has garnered front-page coverage in SLN.

In August, Marshall Breeding reports on how one proprietary product developer and library vendor, Ex Libris, is utilizing an open application approach — within proprietary products — to provide an option for libraries without open-source software programming and development tools and resources.

"This arms races of openness benefits libraries to the extent that it results in more options and flexibility in their automation strategies," states Breeding. "The open-source movement and programs such as Ex Libris' open platform strategy provide competing alternatives with similar goals."

Read more in “Ex Libris Sets Strategic Course on Open Systems” by Breeding this month's issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter.

Also in SLN in August by Tom Peters

  • "ChiliFresh Adds Reader Reviews to Your Online Catalog"

  • A Look into "Look Lively," Google's public beta version of its 3-D virtual world launched in July

  • Peters ponders the numbers in "NCES Report on Academic Libraries," a National Center for Education Statistics' report that came out last month

  • Making the connection at ALA: Peters reports on the current administration's official slogan ("Creating Connections") and its relationship to Library 2.0 in "Association 2.0"