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December 2005

SLN December 2005 CoverIn the ILS Scoop This Month...
by Marshall Breeding

OCLC PICA's FDI Buy Reveals ILS Biz Bid

"OCLC recently announced its intent to acquire U.K.-based Fretwell-Downing that OCLC PICA has gone on to acquire a much larger automation company, [it] makes apparent its desire to compete in the area of library software. With three library automation systems; a union catalog environment; one of the major federated search products; an OpenURL-linking product; a community-information portal; and a peer-to-peer ILL system, OCLC now stands as one of the major library automation vendors."—SLN 25, no. 12

Also by Marshall Breeding

AGent Deals with Digital Dilemmas
Sagebrush Parlays K–12 Presence

Google Corner(ed) by Tom Peters
"Lawsuits and Condemnations Assail Google Print This Fall"

Peters provides a chronological breakdown of Google's situation this past autumn—its legal, library, publishing, and public relations' conundrum that Google Print (now known as "Google Book Search") has become.

Also by Tom Peters
"Reader Reviews Land on OpenWorldCat"
"Open Content Alliance Gaining Momentum"
"Out of the Voice Box into the LibriVox"