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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...

January 2007

In the ILS Scoop This Month... Consolidation Continues: Endeavor Acquired Marshall Breeding analyzes Endeavor's recent acquisition by the new owner of Ex Libris, Francisco Partners. Breeding explains why Francisco Partners' merging of Ex Libris and Endeavor will form "a powerhouse in the academic library automation sector." Breeding not only covers the publicly available transaction...

December 2006

In December by Tom Peters in SLN... Under the Linden TreeTom Peters surveys the growing phenomenon of Second Life, a virtual world developed by Linden Lab. "Because academic institutions seem to be moving into Second Life with vigor," Peters writes, "it makes sense for academic and research libraries to begin exploring and beta testing some library activities. There's already movement in regard...

November 2006

In November's ILS Scoop by Marshall Breeding... Friendlier Information Finding in LibrariesSerials 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...

October 2006

In The ILS Scoop by Marshall Breeding This Month... PINES Sets Precedent for Open-Source ILS"One of the largest shared library-automation systems in the U.S. has migrated from a vendor-developed ILS to an open-source model," writes Breeding in the cover story for October. Georgia PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services), a program of the Georgia Public Library Service that...

September 2006

In The ILS Scoop by Marshall Breeding This Month... Acquisition and Assets"As of this month, Ex Libris is owned by Francisco Partners. The vendor's operations will remain status quo, and the acquisition won't have a profound impact on the larger ILS landscape—but Ex Libris developers may soon have deeper pockets from which to pull." Breeding also examines the implications of the Follett-...

August 2006

Overdue Notice by Tom PetersA recent ALC study provides insights into how the general public and policy leaders view libraries and information technologies in this online age of computerized networks. "In mid-June, the eighty-four-page report Long Overdue: A Fresh Look at Public and Leadership Attitudes about Libraries in the 21st Century conveyed the finding that two-thirds (sixty-four...

July 2006

The Technology of Readingby Tom Peters"The mission of most libraries involves fostering reading. As the slogan says, “Reading is fundamental”—to the advancement and self-actualization of the individual, society, culture, and the nation. Without the adoption and diffusion of reading throughout advancing societies over the course of recent centuries, libraries would not have attained the success...

June 2006

Strategic Development: SirsiDynix & Serials Solutionsin The ILS Scoop by Marshall Breeding"SirsiDynix has unveiled a new strategy for its electronic-resource management (ERM) offerings for libraries. According to company officials, it has selected Serials Solutions as a strategic partner for the delivery of products related to e-resource management and access (as well as for linking and...

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...