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December 2008

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This MonthSmart Libraries Newsletter December 2008


Polling App for Libraries and Library-Related Organizations

Tom Peters takes a look at Turning Technologies' "ResponseWare Web" instant-polling software, which he notes has utility for libraries' user-interaction needs.

"There are many polling applications for libraries and library-related organizations," reports Peters. "This software could increase audience participation at conferences and workshops. A presenter could ask a question of the audience, then use the software to quickly tabulate and present the responses for all to see. In this way, in a matter of seconds, the crowd can know their own wisdom (or lack thereof)."

Read more in "Dispersed Instantaneous Polling with ResponseWare Web."

Also by Peters in December's issue of SLN

  • ALA Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Initiative Group (VCL MIG) held a successful SLymposium in Second Life...
    "Several things about this SLymposium were remarkable. First, it was planned and executed very rapidly — in just three weeks! [Secondly], the response to the symposium was overwhelmingly positive — within a week over 110 people had registered. Attendees came from all parts of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Lithuania, Egypt, Australia, and other countries....and the attendees were not only geographically diverse, but also diverse in terms of types of libraries and organizations represented and the number of years of professional library experience.
  • U.K.-based Talis recently announced the official release of Talis Engage
    "...a new library automation module that enables libraries and local authorities to help local community groups gather and codify information."

And Marshall Breeding reports on product developments at Ex Libris and TLC

  • Ex Libris Launches New Product for Digital Preservation
    "In a major advancement in the digital preservation arena, the National Library of New Zealand, Ex Libris, and Sun Microsystems have developed a commercial product that addresses much needed requirements for long-term preservation of digital collections."

  • The Library Corporation Works Toward a New ILS Platform