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Smart Libraries Newsletter

March 2012

  The Library Automation News Cycle Typically, news in the library automation industry tends to be clustered around major conferences, and larger conferences tend to attract bigger news. The American Library Association Annual Conference (held each summer) and the Midwinter Meeting (held early...

November 2014

  The advancement of technology enables ever larger groups of libraries to participate in shared systems that manage their collections and enable access to their communities. Year-by-year hardware components become faster, smaller, with ever more computing power or storage capacities. Modern services-oriented architecture and clustering technologies enable the creation and global deployment of...

October 2014

  Smarter Libraries through Technology Though a smaller number of library technology products are available today compared to a decade or two ago, the business and development models span a wider range. In the past, more companies were offering more products, but often with little differentiation. Each of the different approaches in play today seems to offer advantages and disadvantages, which...

September 2014

  Smarter Libraries through Technology Library technology vendors tend to time their big announcements for release ahead of the ALA’s Annual Conference. Typically, the month following is a quiet one. The content of this newsletter tends to focus on the systems and vendors and their product announcements, mostly oriented to large libraries. We’ll take this opportunity to focus our attention...

August 2014

  Smarter Libraries through Technology I watch with interest the how the roster of products for managing and providing access to library collections continues to evolve. Smart Libraries Newsletter has chronicled the emergence of these systems in recent years, and we are finally getting close to the point where all the cards are on the table. --Marshall Breeding Also in this issue...

July 2014

  Smarter Libraries through Technology The library automation industry continues to evolve, and the pace is accelerating. The succession of business transitions and other events shaping the business environment greatly influences the technology products and services available to libraries. Amidst many different threads of activity, the trend is a concentration of resources in the support...

June 2014

  Open Systems via APIs Libraries today insist that their major technology products not be closed and proprietary. Rather, libraries seek at least some level of transparency into a product’s internal programming, allowing them to tap into its capabilities in ways beyond the user interfaces supplied. Procurement decisions increasingly factor in the degree to which a system is open. In...

May 2014

  The Consolidation Continues Recent months have seen a new wave of consolidation in the library technology industry. SirsiDynix acquired EOS International in December 2013, and Innovative Interfaces has now acquired Polaris Library Systems. Both SirsiDynix and Innovative were already among the largest companies in the industry. Continuing a trend of consolidation that has been...

April 2014

  The Evolution of the Koha Open Source ILS Libraries today have a variety of choices for automation systems. Smart Libraries Newsletter has provided extensive coverage of integrated library systems, library services platforms, discovery services and other types of automation products. It’s interesting and important that both open source and proprietary license models are available...

March 2014

  Content Powers Technology The effectiveness of library technology products currently depends not only on the software, but also on content components that power its functionality. Software alone can seem like an empty shell, awaiting data to unleash its capabilities. For the traditional model of automation, such as seen in integrated library systems, that data is mostly created or...

February 2014

  The Maturing Market of Open Source Software for Libraries I’ve been following the progress of the open source ILS movement since its inception. It has been interesting to watch the open source products come onto the scene and rise to become a significant portion of the library automation arena. --Marshall Breeding Also in this issue Equinox Launches Sequoia: New ILS Service Based...