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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 2008

 In Smart Libraries Newsletter: "Koha in Delhi, India" Marshall Breeding reports on the Delhi Public Library's choice to implement open-source software, Koha, for its automated services. "In tune with the worldwide trend toward open-source software, the Delhi Public Library has embarked on a project to shift...to Koha," notes Breeding in the November issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter. "This...

October 2008

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month "Thanks to a $475,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, there's a new initiative to create a next-generation library automation environment," reports Marshall Breeding in the October issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter. "The goal of the project is to develop a a set of requirements for library automation based on a fresh analysis of the...

September 2008

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month One Step Forward or Two Steps Back? Two recent announcements about VTLS -- with very different undertones and overtones -- were made within the same week, reports Marshall Breeding. "One involved the completed implementation of Virtua at Queens Borough Public Library and the other revealed the decision by Oxford University Libraries in the United Kingdom...

August 2008

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month Library systems: Into the great, wide open... The last few months, open-source software — and how various library systems are migrating to using it for library systems and services — has garnered front-page coverage in SLN. In August, Marshall Breeding reports on how one proprietary product developer and library vendor, Ex Libris, is utilizing an open...

July 2008

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month Going Evergreen in Academia A change in climate is afoot in libraries. Recently, a number of libraries and library consortia have chosen to go the open-source route, and in the July issue of Smart Libraries, Marshall Breeding looks at the most recent library to implement open-source software to power its automation systems and services. Last month—only...

June 2008

 In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month Civica Transitions to Private EquityAlthough not a well-known library software vendor in the United States, Civica, in the global market, ranks as one of the largest companies providing software to libraries. Officials at the United Kingdom-based library software vendor recently announced Civica will change from a publicly traded company (traded on the...

May 2008

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month Triple I Takes Big Bite of Big Apple"During this period of uncertainty in the library automation industry, Innovative Interfaces has continued its steady influx of new clients and major contracts," reports Marshall Breeding in "Innovative Interfaces Expands Its NYC Presence." "Among the company's successes, two recent awards stand out, that of a unified...

April 2008

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month Just One More to Go..."The library automation industry has not been a good environment for publicly traded companies," states Marshall Breeding in "BiblioMondo Goes Private," in the April issue of Smart Libraries. "Auto-Graphics stands as the last remaining public company in the industry, [which] minimally qualifies...," Breeding reports. In this look at...

March 2008

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month "OCLC Acquires EZProxy," by Marshall Breeding OCLC continues to pile its toolbox of library automation products, and its recent purchase of EZProxy software is yet another utensil the organization can use to help libraries build easier online access for users. "Developed specifically to help libraries deliver access to subscribed electronic content to off-...

February 2008

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month Interest in open-source options for library software and integrated library systems has increased over the last year, notes Marshall Breeding in the February 2008 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter. "Until now, the open-source ILS implementations have taken place primarily in public libraries, with no large academic libraries in the U.S. or Canada...