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Posts by Marshall Breeding

Open Source ILS Continues to Expand

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on April 19, 2011 - 8:45am

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 »


Building Comprehensive Resource Discovery Platforms

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on March 4, 2011 - 9:56am

This column appears in the March 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 »


Breaking News: New Management at SirsiDynix

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on December 16, 2010 - 12:08pm

A round of new senior-level executive management appointments at SirsiDynix shuffles responsibilities, but does not seem to represent drastic change for the company.  Effective immediately, Matthew Hawkins advances to the role of Chief Executive Officer, and upward shift from his previous post as Chief Operating Officer; Gary Rautenstrauch becomes Executive Chairman; and Bill Davidson returns as Chief Operating Officer. Read More »


Making Sense of Many Options

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on November 29, 2010 - 10:02am

This column appears in the December 2010 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 http://alatechsource.metapress.com/content/q4330h323727/offerings/

When it comes to creating a library automation infrastructure in 2010, there are many models in play.  Should libraries continue to rely on integrated library systems installed locally in libraries or consortia? Will some shift to relying on a globally distributed infrastructure through OCLC’s Web-scale Management Services? Might some libraries rely on vendor-hosted arrangements through software-as-a-service?  Read More »


Library Automation at the Statewide Scale

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on October 28, 2010 - 9:01am

This column appears in the Nobember 2010 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 http://alatechsource.metapress.com/content/l72006156702/offerings/. Read More »


The Business Side of Library Automation

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on May 6, 2010 - 8:58am

This column appears in the April 2010 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 http://alatechsource.metapress.com/content/p61u1704g93v/offerings.

I have a strong interest in the business side of the library automation industry. I find it fascinating to monitor and report on the latest news and events surrounding the companies and other organizations that develop and make technology products available to libraries. Libraries make significant investments in technology year after year, and it’s essential that we understand as much as we can about the organizations involved.  As a writer and analyst of the library automation industry, I try to make sure as much information as possible is available to libraries as they make decisions about how they work with these companies and organizations. Read More »


Coming to Terms with Mobile

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on April 6, 2010 - 12:43pm

This column appears in the March 2010 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 http://alatechsource.metapress.com/content/p61u1704g93v/offerings.

Mobile technology suddenly seems to be all the rage in library technology.  The March issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter includes several stories of new products or services that aim to deliver library content and services to users with mobile devices.  
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OCLC Opens up WorldCat through APIs

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on March 22, 2010 - 11:58am

The following article originally appeared in the February 2010 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter. You can purchase that issue, which contains more of Marshall Breeding's expert analysis of the library automation industry, at http://bit.ly/9Cosm1.

In a move that opens the massive WorldCat database to external developers, OCLC has released a limited set of application programming interfaces (APIs) to programmers outside of its direct membership.  OCLC has offered a more robust API to affiliated organizations for more than a year.  Releasing an API to external, unaffiliated developers, may open up new opportunities that enable library-created bibliographic data to be used in new types of applications. 

Dubbed the WorldCat Basic API, a limited number of Web services have been exposed for non-commercial use.   OCLC also offers the WorldCat Search API, which provides programmatic access to complete bibliographic records.  OCLC limits access to the full WorldCat Search API to qualified institutions. Read More »


LibraryThing Delivers Mobile Access to Library Catalogs

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on March 3, 2010 - 10:11am

This article appears in the Match 2010 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter, available for purchase here.

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