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Blog posts from April 2011

Innovative Interfaces to Launch Sierra: A New-Generation Automation Platform

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on April 26, 2011 - 5:58pm

Innovative Interfaces has joined the fray of library automation vendors launching new-generation library automation platforms.  With Innovative’s new system, dubbed Sierra, they aim to offer the depth of functionality equivalent to their current Millennium ILS. This system leverages current technology architectures that include open source components, with full-featured API bundles that enable greater extensibility and flexibility in the way that libraries make use of the system. Read More »

Visualizing Linked Data

Submitted by Karen Coyle on April 26, 2011 - 7:26am

The following post is cross-posted at Karen Coyle's blog Coyle's InFormation. As Karen mentions below, next month, she will be presenting an updated version of the ALA TechSource Workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future along with Chris Oliver and Diane Hillman. You can register for this workshop at the ALA Store. Read More »

Continuing the Conversation: Gadgets in the Library, Session 2

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on April 20, 2011 - 2:26pm
Earlier today, we wrapped up the ALA TechSource Workshop Gadgets in the Library: A Practical Guide to Personal Electronics for Librarians with Jason Griffey. Here’s some of what we discussed today. Feel free to chime in via the comments area with questions or comments-- Jason will be part of the discussion as well! Read More »

National Library Unconference Day and #makeithappen: an interview with JP

Submitted by Michelle Boule on April 20, 2011 - 8:27am

I love unconferences. I think that there is something beautiful about people getting together and challenging each other to make something better. For librarians, unconferences are a way to level the playing field among participants and allow everyone with a passion for libraries to raise their voices and ideas. Unconferences are largely unscripted and unpredictable. What is not to love?
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Open Source ILS Continues to Expand

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on April 19, 2011 - 7:45am

This article appears in the April 2011 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter. To read more from Marshall Breeding on mobile library technology and other facets of the library automation industry, you can purchase this issue or subscribe to Smart Libraries Newsletter at our metapress site. Read More »

Continuing the Conversation: Gadgets in the Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on April 13, 2011 - 2:36pm

Earlier today, we held the ALA TechSource Workshop Gadgets in the Library: A Practical Guide to Personal Electronics for Librarians with Jason Griffey. We’re following up with a few of the questions asked during the presentation that we felt merited further discussion: Jason will be part of the discussion as well! Read More »

Curating Social Media Content

Submitted by Andromeda Yelton on April 6, 2011 - 7:56am

While listening to the obligatory NPR in the car today, I heard a story on creating a social media scrapbook using Memolane. It lets you integrate content from Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, photo- and video-sharing sites, and more into a timeline view of your social media life. Read More »

Information Will Out

Submitted by Kate Sheehan on April 5, 2011 - 8:07am

I have something to confess to you all. For an embarrassingly long time, I thought the phrase “information wants to be free” (besides being the name of one of my favorite blogs) meant free as in speech, not free as in beer. My apologies in advance to my open source friends who are tired of “types of free” conversations -I’ll try not to mention kittens. But for quite some time, I was under the impression that “information wants to be free” was a rallying cry for access and simplicity, not content you didn’t have to pay for. “Information will out” was the underlying meaning I focused on.

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An Interview with Lendle's Brian Ford

Submitted by Tom Peters on April 4, 2011 - 9:33am

Last Friday Brian Ford, one of the co-founders of, an ebook lending service for Kindle editions, sat down with Tom Peters to talk about the wild and woolly month of March Lendle experienced. Lendle had to close down briefly and unexpectedly in March when Amazon blocked access to their API. This resulted in an equally unexpected amount of media attention and public outrage. Tom and Brian discuss not only this March Madness, but also the longer term issues and opportunities for authors, rights holders, publishers, libraries, and readers.

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