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Blog posts from October 2009

Open Source Newbie Tells All

Submitted by Kate Sheehan on October 26, 2009 - 8:55am

TechSource has a long tradition of insightful posts about Open Source Software. I am always mindful that I write for the blog that hosted Karen Schneider's IT and Sympathy, which introduced much of libraryland to the idea that OSS is free as in kittens, not free as in beer. As I am about to embark on an OSS adventure (which sounds like the name of a ship to me: The OSS Adventure), I thought I'd add my lack of insight to the fray. Read More »

Barnes and Noble's Nook Steps into the Ring with Kindle

Submitted by Jason Griffey on October 21, 2009 - 1:46pm

The Amazon Kindle's first real competitor saw the light of day for the first time this week, and it looks very, very impressive. The Barnes & Noble Nook launched Oct 20th, and it stands toe-to-toe with the standard that has been set by the Kindle, even exceeding it in many ways.

The important bits: The Nook has the same 6-inch eInk screen as the Kindle, and is $20 cheaper (the Nook preorders for $259, while the Kindle 2 is still $279). The Nook also has a remarkable navigation system: a secondary color touchscreen display, directly under the eInk. It's a great-looking innovation, and one that gives the reader's interface flexibility that the Kindle just doesn't have. In my opinion, as you go through the specs, the comparison seems to favor the Nook over the Kindle. Here's the quick rundown of the things I get asked about the most when I talk about eReaders: Read More »

Sky me a River

Submitted by Tom Peters on October 14, 2009 - 9:45am

It’s not every day that a new bibliographic utility bursts onto the library tech scene. Even public services librarians like myself– who are generally averse to the finer details of cataloging and metadata matters–took notice of last week’s announcement that a new bibliographic utility called SkyRiver ( is forming. Like Halley’s Comet, SkyRiver will grow in brightness over the next few months, with the best viewing after it is completely launched in January 2010. Read More »

Cody Hanson: Highlights of the 2009 LITA Forum

Submitted by Cody Hanson on October 12, 2009 - 11:13am
As part of our effort to provide some perspective on the 2009 LITA Forum, we're pleased bring you this Forum wrap-up from Cody Hanson. In addition to being the author of a future issue of Library Technology Reports Cody is Technology Librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries, where he works on digital reference, Drupal, and discovery. He studies mobile technology, and is not ashamed to admit that he once owned a first-generation Nokia N-Gage.
-Dan Freeman
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Library 2.0 Gang 10/09: Can the Open Source ILS Business Scale?

Submitted by Richard Wallis on October 8, 2009 - 4:05pm

In comparison with the rest of the library world, supported by the traditional, closed source, vendors, the open source sector is still fairly small. The question I put to the Gang this month was “Can the open source sector scale?”. Will it be able to grow in it’s current form to become a significant alternative to the commercial vendors? Read More »

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American Libraries Covers the 2009 LITA Forum

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 5, 2009 - 10:49am

As many of you know, the 2009 LITA Forum took place this past weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah. While we didn't have a physical presence at the conference, modern technology and networking softened this barrier a bit for us. Throughout the week, we'll providing some coverage and highlights from a number of different perspectives. To start things off, we're proud to syndicate some coverage from American Libraries' Sean Fitzpatrick, who covered the weekend like a blanket for Inside Scoop.

Sean started by summarizing the keynote address from Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information: Read More »

Zap the library!

Submitted by Kate Sheehan on October 1, 2009 - 8:29am

There are roughly 8 gajillion websites devoted to social media. Like many librarians, my RSS reader is crammed with them. I am not above clicking “mark all as read” on a fairly regular basis. Even the blogs that are supposed to act as filters, linking only to the best and most interesting posts, can become overwhelming. Increasingly, I rely on the human filter that is Twitter to let me know when there’s an article worth reading. Earlier in September, my twitter friends alerted me to a post on Social Media Explorer about “social business.” Read More »