Submitted by Marshall Breeding on November 16, 2012 - 11:03am
Ex Libris will soon change ownership from one private equity firm to another. The company is to be acquired by Golden Gate Capital (http://goldengatecap.com/), a major private equity firm managing funds representing over $12 billion in capital. Golden Gate Capital invests in the software and information technology sector in addition to many other industries.
According to Matti Shem Tov, Chief Executive Officer of Ex Libris, this transition should not be considered a major event for library customers and employees. The new owners will retain the current management, workforce, and operating locations. Yet, with new ownership comes a new Board of Directors that will oversee the company and set its high-level business plan.
Ex Libris Group’s strategic products focus on the academic and research library arena and include Aleph and Voyager integrated library systems, the Primo discovery product and its Central Index, the Rosetta digital preservation platform, the SFX link resolver, the Verde electronic resource management system, the MetaLib federated search, as well as Alma, the company’s newest offering, a library services platform based on the concepts of unified resource management and cloud computing. Read More »
Submitted by Patrick Hogan on November 7, 2012 - 4:20pm
We just wrapped up the ALA TechSource Workshop Cloud Computing for Librarians: An Introduction with Krista Godfrey. Krista gave an excellent introduction to an often confusing concept. Whether you attended or not, check out her slides below.
Submitted by Jason Griffey on October 31, 2012 - 10:53am
We thought that September was a big month for technology announcements, well... then October happened. I would bet that there hasn’t been a busier month for new tech hitting the streets in a long, long time. Here’s the rough summary of what came out this month.
Apple announced a 7.9-inch version of the iPad, dubbed the iPad mini. A smaller screen brings a smaller price: the lowest priced version of the mini coming in at only $329...but even with the smaller screen, it has the same resolution as the iPad 1 and 2, which means that it will run all 275,000 iPad apps without any modification. Read More »
Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 31, 2012 - 8:36am
We're really excited about the upcoming premier episode of AL Live, Library 2017: Tech at Warp Speed. Jason Griffey is set to moderate the discussion with a panel of librarians and library industry experts. I had a chance to chat a bit with Jason about AL Live in general and the upcoming episode specifically. Check it out:
The episode will air on Friday, November 16th at 2pm Eastern. All you have to do to participate is come to this page at that time. We'll look forward to seeing you there!
Submitted by Jason Clark on October 24, 2012 - 4:09pm
We are going to build a citation bookmarklet that parses page information and formats it into a ready-made citation for pasting into docs, your research, or an email. Read More »
Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 24, 2012 - 1:13pm
American Libraries knows how essential it is to stay up to date on new developments in our industry. American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on the go, is a new program that allows you to watch broadcasts about library issues and trends in real time and interact with our hosts via a live chat, giving you immediate answers to all of your pressing questions.
AL Live will include experts like Jason Griffey, author of “Mobile Technology and Libraries (THE TECH SET® #2)” and ALA TechSource columnist. These and other guests will be speaking on compelling topics such as how to get an ideal library job, the latest innovations in mobile services, digging into databases and what the real deal is for libraries and e-books. Read More »
Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 10, 2012 - 2:41pm
We just wrapped up a fantastic workshop, David Lee King’s Building the Digital Branch. There was some fantastic discussion and some great information. Check out the slides below, as well as some handouts that David created for the presentation.
Submitted by Jason Griffey on September 28, 2012 - 9:56am
September has become the keystone month in the US for technology announcements. This eventful month featured two major and one minor (but interesting!) announcement: Apple and the iPhone5, Amazon with their new set of Kindles, and Makerbot Industries with the announcement of the Replicator 2. Read More »