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January 2007

Smart Libraries NewsletterIn the ILS Scoop This Month...

Consolidation Continues: Endeavor Acquired
Marshall Breeding analyzes Endeavor's recent acquisition by the new owner of Ex Libris, Francisco Partners. Breeding explains why Francisco Partners' merging of Ex Libris and Endeavor will form "a powerhouse in the academic library automation sector."

Breeding not only covers the publicly available transaction details, he also examines the merged company's product strategy and how that will affect Endeavor and Ex Libris library customers; discusses the organizational changes it will undergo as well as the scale of the new entity; and provides a brief history of Endeavor.

Also in Smart Libraries Newsletter in January
Tom Peters has his usual round-up of all things technological that can and do impact libraries and library services, including:

  • "Tech Boosts to Book Discussions": "There are several ways libraries and other organizations are experimenting with providing technological boosts to book groups," he notes. "Online chat and various comment and feedback loops can foster and facilitate dialogue between two people (from disparate locations) about a book."

  • "A-Podcasting We Will Go": Peters looks at a recent Pew Internet and American Life Project report about podcasting that focuses on usage.

  • "The Meaning of Second Life": Peters muses about the growing virtual-reality environment Second Life, noting, "The question of how to organize and present information for maximum use and usability is very interesting in this environment."