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January 2008

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month

Smart Libraries Newsletter January 2008
Moving from Advance... New York University plans to migrate to ALEPH 500, the library automation system Ex Libris developed and maintains, reports Marshall Breeding. This automation project encompasses a number of libraries — including the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, The Stephen Chan Library of Fine Arts, and The Conservation Center Library — and will involve migrating from its Advance system developed by Infor Library and Information Systems (formerly Geac Library Solutions), Breeding explains.

The NYU Div. of Libraries is among the the top-tier members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL): the library's selection of the ALEPH 500 Ex Libris automation product bolsters the position of Ex Libris, vaulting it to a company providing automation software to the largest tier of libraries.

For more about development and the impact of it, read "Ex Libris Captures NYU" by Marshall Breeding

And in SLN in January by Tom Peters
In "Plinkit: Plinking Away" Tom Peters talks "Plinkit"—Public Library Interface Kit—the software that helps public libraries, particularly small ones with few resources, put up and maintain a Web site. "Plinkit is a work in progress worth watching and investigating, and the fourstate collaborative is working hard to expand and improve what Plinkit can do for libraries, library users, and geographic communities," notes Peters.

Also by Tom Peters in Smart Libraries

  • "Whybrary: A Virtual Library for Tweens"
  • "Au Courant: Michigan in Bed with Google"
  • "Romance, Big Games, and E-Books in Libraries"
  • "The Mark of Zotero"