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November 2006

Smart Libraries Newsletter November 2006In November's ILS Scoop by Marshall Breeding...

  • Friendlier Information Finding in Libraries
    Serials Solutions is incorporating "friendlier" searching technology into its Central Search federated-search offering. "The new results-clustering functionality, licensed from Vivísimo, transforms a simple listing of results into an interface that offers labeled groupings, which allows the user to quickly hone in on items of interest," explains Breeding.
  • Medialab Solutions Offers AquaBrowser Online
    Medialab Solutions reports it will offer its AquaBrowser Library as a hosted solution and will market the new "software as service" as AquaBrowser Online. "AquaBrowser Online targets libraries with collections under 150,000 titles, and it provides an alternative interface for a library-automation system," Breeding notes.

Also in SLN in November...
"Audio-Read Expands into the U.K. Market" by Tom Peters
Peters tracks Audio-Read, an Australia-based company that develops digital-audiobook systems for institutional customers.

Also by Tom Peters This Month
In Google Cornered...
"Google Infiltrates Wisconsin, Spain, India, and News Archives"

"The list of libraries officially partnering with Google for the Google Books Library Project continues to grow," reports Peters. "Last month, the University of Wisconsin joined the project, and in September, Google announced that Complutense University of Madrid had joined too. On the publishing side of the project, Google recently announced it has reached agreements with several large publishers in India. And earlier this fall too, Google began testing yet another searchable index: the Google News Archive Search."

"NISO Issues Best Practices for Web Services in Libraries Report"
In July, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) published a brief, informative report, Best Practices for Designing Web Services in the Library Context. According to Peters, "The report outlines the tradeoffs between a simple Web service interface and more complex protocols." He notes, "It is worth perusing."