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March 2008

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month

March 2008 Smart Libraries Newsletter
"OCLC Acquires EZProxy," by Marshall Breeding
OCLC continues to pile its toolbox of library automation products, and its recent purchase of EZProxy software is yet another utensil the organization can use to help libraries build easier online access for users.

"Developed specifically to help libraries deliver access to subscribed electronic content to off-site patrons," EZProxy was created by librarian Chris Zagar, who comprises the one-person company Useful Utilities, from which OCLC purchased the application.

"OCLC's supporters will interpret this move as a savvy strategy to strengthen the organization's ability to expand services related to into libraries," says Breeding of OCLC's latest acquisition. "Those skeptical of OCLC, including its commercial competitors, might view this acquisition with more concern."
Also by Marshall Breeding this Month
"NewGenLib: An Open Source ILS for Libraries in the Developing World"

And by Tom Peters in the March 2008 Issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter

  • "So, You Want to Use RFID in Your Library"
  • "Innovative SUSHI a la ARL"
  • "Live Online Homework Help from TutorVistacom"
  • Something Wikia This Way Comes"