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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...

May 2006

Download This @ Your Libraryby Tom Peters"Downloadable digital-audiobook services are a hot item in the library-service sector," says Peters in his report on OverDrive's late March announcement that its Download Station Software (DSS) is available for libraries. "According to information contained on OverDrive's Web site," writes Peters, "DSS 'enables public Internet PCs to become self-service...

April 2006

In Transition: Endeavor and Its OpenURL ProductIn the ILS Scoop by Marshall BreedingEndeavor reports it will cease development of LinkFinderPlus, and says it will offer its customers a new product—based on TOUResolver from TDNet—Discovery:Resolver.And by Tom Peters in April...Don't Ask Jeeves, Just Ask; The Politics of the $100 Laptop; and Online Searching Surges in the U.S.Also by Tom Peters...

March 2006

OPAC Sustenance: Ex Libris to Serve-Up PrimoIn the ILS Scoop by Marshall Breeding"Ex Libris is among the library-software vendors attempting to revitalize the library environment by creating 'next-generation' interfaces. With its new offering, Primo, it has put forward its vision in a product libraries can use to revamp their online offerings."Also in Breeding's ILS Scoop: "Changes at Endeavor"...

February 2006

OCLC's Open Season on AcquisitionsIn the ILS Scoop by Marshall Breeding"[The] acquisition of Openly Informatics, Inc., follows OCLC PICA's acquisitions of Sisis Informationssysteme (June 2005) and Fretwell-Downing Informatics (November 2005), both currently operating as wholly owned for-profit subsidiaries. As OCLC grows through acquisitions, it becomes involved in an increasingly complex...

January 2006

Today the American Memory, Tomorrow the WorldCover Story by Tom Peters"In addition to its more overt plans to 'organize the world's information'...Google seems to be expanding its mission via other organizations: enter a stealthy dontation for the proposed World Digital Library (WDL) project. On November 22, 2005, the Library of Congress announced it had received a three-million USD gift from...

December 2005

In the ILS Scoop This Month...by Marshall BreedingOCLC PICA's FDI Buy Reveals ILS Biz Bid"OCLC recently announced its intent to acquire U.K.-based Fretwell-Downing Informatics....now that OCLC PICA has gone on to acquire a much larger automation company, [it] makes apparent its desire to compete in the area of library software. With three library automation systems; a union catalog environment;...

November 2005

Cool 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...

September 2005

Smart Libraries Newsletter (25:9)Wiki Tiki Tavi (cover story) by Tom PetersGoogle Temporarily Halts Book Scan Project by Tom PetersPlayaway at Will by Tom PetersColor My Digital World: E-Paper Apps for Ads.. and Libraries? by Tom PetersTHE ILS SCOOP by Marshall BreedingA Sage Offering: Infocentre for K-12 ILSOCLC Back in the ILS Biz?Also by Marshall Breeding in September's SLN...The Public...