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March 2007

 In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month

Smart Libraries Newsletter, March 2007, vol. 27, n. 3
"Libraries in Multi-User Environments" by Tom Peters
Peters ponders MUVEs—multi-user virtual environments, such as Second Life—and the impact they are having, and will likely continue to have, on librarians; libraries and library-related organizations; librarianship (the practical aspects of the profession); and library science (the theoretical aspects of the profession).

This month, Peters specifically focuses on the initiative dubbed the "Librarium and Philosopher's Club," an effort that predated the Alliance Second Life Library 2.0 project.

And in The ILS Scoop by Marshall Breeding in March
"Following an active period in which major news in the ILS domain erupted almost every month—a wave of consolidations and buy outs rolled through the vendor library-automation industry in 2006—this year began with a relative year of quiet," notes Breeding.

In "Front-End Focus" Breeding hones in on the smaller developments and reports on the product-development progress of some major ILS vendors, such as:

  • ProFind from Endeca;
  • TLC and AquaBrowser Library;
  • Encore from Innovative Interfaces;
  • Primo from Ex Libris; and
  • SchoolRooms from SirsiDynix.

Also by Tom Peters in SLN in March

  • "Can Search Engines be Wikified?"
  • "Google Corner(ed): UT-Austin Joins the Google Gaggle"