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February 2008

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month

Smart Libraries Newsletter February 2008
Interest in open-source options for library software and integrated library systems has increased over the last year, notes Marshall Breeding in the February 2008 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter. "Until now, the open-source ILS implementations have taken place primarily in public libraries, with no large academic libraries in the U.S. or Canada making the leap." That situation changed recently, however, with WALDO (Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization) and Laurentian Univ. in Ontario.

"The commitment of these academic libraries to implement open-source automation systems warrants attention, because it appears to be the beginning of a trend," Breeding reports in "Open Source ILS Gains Ground with Academic Libraries."

Checkpoint's "Youniquely4U" also by Marshall Breeding
"A new service designed to help libraries market their services and promote targeted resources to their patrons."

And in
SLN in February by Tom Peters
In "Compendia of Knowledge: Google's Grassy Knol" Tom Peters looks at "Knol," a project Google recently launched "with the goal to make it easier for people to share knowledge they already have acquired."

Also by Tom Peters in Smart Libraries This Month

  • "American Schoolyard Fight: Intel and One Laptop per Child Part Ways"
  • "Spartan Kindles"