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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...

December 2007

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month "Checkpoint Systems and 3M Library Systems Converge on RFID" by Marshall Breeding Two of the top makers of library-focused RFID and library security products, 3M Library Systems and Checkpoint Systems, have consolidated their efforts. "This strategic sales and marketing alliance gives 3M Library Systems full responsibility for the marketing and support...

November 2007

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month In "Open Source Momentum Continues," Marshall Breeding reports on another U.S. library system migrating from a proprietary integrated library system to an open source one. "Howard County Library, headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, selected Koha ZOOM to replace its existing SirsiDynix Horizon system," notes Breeding. "Howard County stands among the...

October 2007

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month In "Rollin', Rollin: Google Book Search " Tom Peters reports on what some may consider to be an infamous Google activity in the library world. "Google Book Search (GBS), the growing online resource born in part from a massive book scanning project involving dozens of partner libraries around the world, just keeps rolling along, like Old Man River," writes...

September 2007

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month In "VuFind: A Next-Generation Catalog from Villanova " Marshall Breeding reports on Falvey Memorial Library's open-source "next-generation" online catalog. Based as Villanova University, Falvey Library's "VuFind" offers features like search results displayed in relevancy-ranked order, the display and status of the current availability of items in the...

August 2007

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month In "OCLC Completes Its Acquisition of PICA" Marshall Breeding discusses the final part of the OCLC PICA deal and its implications for the world of library technology. "The completion of the purchase of PICA represents the latest in OCLC's growth into a global entity," explains Breeding, who adds, "No corporate acquisition such as this is devoid of some...

July 2007

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month In "The End of the Romantic Library?" Tom Peters ponders the library's possibly waning role as a romantic institution, at least in the design of its services. "The individual quietly using the library is the romantic, ideal use model in most libraries. Even when a physical library is filled with people often it is filled with individuals acting...

June 2007

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month "Small World: OCLC Launches WorldCat Local" by Marshall Breeding "Next-gen" software is where it's at these days, and OCLC has joined the fray with its WorldCat Local. "OCLC has made another foray (remember LS/2000?) into the online catalog arena by launching WorldCat Local, a version of WorldCat designed to replace the online catalog delivered as part...

May 2007

 In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month "Technology and Change in Academic Libraries" by Tom Peters Earlier this spring, the Association of Research and College Libraries (ACRL) published an essay addressing technology and change within academic libraries; the work was a result of a November 2006 summit held in Chicago. "There's a sense of urgency about this report and this topic," notes...

April 2007

SirsiDynix ILS Set on Single CourseRead the WHOLE STORY in the The ILS Scoop by Marshall Breeding in April's Smart Libraries Newsletter The June 2005 consolidation of Sirsi Corporation and Dynix created SirsiDynix, which stands as the largest company in the library-automation industry. Although many aspects of the company have been integrated, until recently the company sailed two flagship...

March 2007

 In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month "Libraries in Multi-User Environments" by Tom Peters Peters ponders MUVEs—multi-user virtual environments, such as Second Life—and the impact they are having, and will likely continue to have, on librarians; libraries and library-related organizations; librarianship (the practical aspects of the profession); and library science (the theoretical aspects...