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February 2007


This Month in Smart Libraries Newsletter...


Smart Libraries Newsletter, February 2007

In Google Corner(ed) by Tom Peters 

"The World's First Information Superpower"
Tom Peters again ponders Google's impact on the library field and information sector after Google's late 2006 announcement about the launch of its beta phase Patent Search—which led to his revelation about "the world's first information superpower."

Peters notes, "Years ago, when I was in library school, the saying was, 'When the Library of Congress sneezes, all libraries catch a cold.' Although the LOC has fantastic collections, services, and staff, I have to admit the LOC probably has not affected my information life nearly as much as Google."

And in The ILS Scoop by Marshall Breeding in February
"Vista Equity Partners Acquires SirsiDynix": "Although the company's change of ownership marks a significant event in the company's history," Breeding explains, "it does not necessarily imply a short-term impact on SirsiDynix's library customers."

"The SirsiDynix Chronicles": Breeding provides a timeline — from 1975–December 2006 — of the entities that comprise what is now SirsiDynix.

Also by Tom Peters in February 2007
"Open-Source Web-Conferencing Options": Remote meetings on the cheap! Peters looks at WebHuddle and DimDim as low-cost, Web-conferencing solutions for libraries.

"AskBurg: The New AskCity Service from": Tom tests the AskCity service from to get information about his favorite LOCAL BBQ joints... only to find himself asking, "Where's the beef?"