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July 2008

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This MonthSmart Libraries Newsletter July 2008


Going Evergreen in Academia
A change in climate is afoot in libraries. Recently, a number of libraries and library consortia have chosen to go the open-source route, and in the July issue of Smart Libraries, Marshall Breeding looks at the most recent library to implement open-source software to power its automation systems and services.

Last month—only about a month after the decision to migrate from the SirsiDynix Unicorn system—the Robertson Library at the University of Prince Edward Island became the first academic library to move to the open-source Evergreen library automation system.

“Under normal circumstances, the implementation of a new automation system by a relatively small academic library wouldn't necessarily be a significant news event,” notes Breeding. “But as the first academic library to venture to adopt Evergreen and to do so in a four-week sprint, it warrants some attention.”

Learn more about the Robertson Library's migration to Evergreen—as well as about other libraries' implementations of open-source systems—in “Evergreen Expands into Academia” by Breeding the July issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter.

Also in SLN in July by Tom Peters

  • "Dream Data: OCLC and Google Exchange Data

  • Virtual World Metrics

  • Microsoft Pulls the Plug on Live Search Books

  • OverDrive Launches DRM-Free MP3 Audio Book Service