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Library 2.0 Gang

Library 2.0 Gang 05/10: RFID - Connecting with the physical world

I was joined by two guests to explore how RFID is providing a better experience for library users, and what challenges and opportunities greater adoption of the technology will bring. In the UK Mick Fortune is known as Mr RFID - a key facilitator in the UK’s leading position in RFID adoption in...

Library 2.0 Gang 06/09: Library System Suppliers view of OCLC Web-scale

More...In last month’s show there was some speculation as to what reaction there would be from the organisations that supply ‘traditional’ library systems to the OCLC announcement of their web-scale, cloud computing, library system initiative. In an attempt to answer that speculation I took the unusual step of bringing together a specific set of Library 2.0 Gang members from that community as...

Library 2.0 Gang 05/09: Cloud Computing Libraries and OCLC

More...New Gang member Frances Haugen from Google, joined Marshall Breeding and myself for a discussion about one of the recent trends in computing and the Internet, Cloud Computing, and how it will influence libraries, especially in the light of recent announcements by OCLC. To give us an introduction in to the topic, our guest this month has a background in libraries having been a colleague of...

Library 2.0 Gang 04/09: The mess of ERM

More...Electronic Resource Management has evolved alongside Integrated Library Systems over the last decade, reaching a point today where many would agree it is a bit of a mess. A rhetorical question I posed to Gang Members Marshall Breeding and Oren Beit-Arie in this month’s show, which neither had difficult in agreeing with. From his perspective of his market analysis on Library Technology...

Library 2.0 Gang 03/09: Open Library Environment (OLE)

More...The subject of this month’s episode is the Mellon funded Open Library Environment (OLE) Project which has been in operation since the middle of last year with the goal to define a next-generation technology environment based on a thoroughly re-examined model of library operations and connected to other enterprise technology systems.  Leading to a design for a next-generation library...

Library 2.0 Gang 02/09: Google books and libraries

More...Google is a company, or even a whole topic, that all librarians seem to have an opinion upon. Held up as the shining example of the way search should be presented, or the death of guided search dragging eyes away from the 'quality' resources held in libraries - a possible answer to the confused mess of eJournal aggregation - the organisation wanting to scan in all the books and then either...