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November 2005

SLN November 2005 CoverCool Fusion: Data & Digital Power for the 21st Century? by Tom Peters
"The number of recently announced [cool fusion] initiatives, however, makes me wonder if the first decade of this century will be remembered more for its cool fusion products...," ponders Tom Peters, who reports on three examples (Tumble Readable Read-Alongs, Placeopedia, and the hybrid feature in Google Maps) of cool fusion library-related projects this month in SLN.

In November's ILS Scoop by Marshall Breeding...
EX LIBRIS Withdraws from IPO...
Get the full story on Ex Libris's recent attempt to go public on the London AIM market—and learn why the ILS vendor's board of directors decided to withdraw from the initial public offering of company stock. Explains Breeding, "Ex Libris embarked on the road toward a public offering so it could move forward on a number of key issues. Even though the IPO wasn't completed, the reasons given for pursuing it shed light on the company's business environment."

Tom Peters continues to track Google and its impact on the library technology world in his regularly recurring piece: "Google Corner(ed)." This month, Peters reports on Google's launch of its blog search service and how the Greasemonkey movement could affect users of, and libraries using, Google Print.

Marshall Breeding also provides an update on how the new colossus of the library automation vendor world is faring after its merger this summer in "Settling into SirsiDynix," on page 4 of the ILS Scoop.