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May 2006

Smart Libraries Newsletter, May 2006Download This @ Your Library
by Tom Peters
"Downloadable digital-audiobook services are a hot item in the library-service sector," says Peters in his report on OverDrive's late March announcement that its Download Station Software (DSS) is available for libraries. "According to information contained on OverDrive's Web site," writes Peters, "DSS 'enables public Internet PCs to become self-service download stations for audiobooks and music in the library.'"

And in the ILS Scoop by Marshall Breeding in May...

  • Geac Morphs into Extensity Library Solutions
    "There's a new name for an old

    company in the library-automation industry—Extensity Library Solutions," reports Breeding.

  • Innovative Undaunted
    "Innovative Interfaces, second ranked company in the industry after SirsiDynix, has delivered its own steady stream of accomplishments so far this year."
  • SirsiDynix Status
    "Almost a year has elapsed since Sirsi acquired Dynix to form SirsiDynix

    in June 2005....the company has begun to take a more unified shape and is beginning to show its muscle as the powerhouse of the industry. In the last few months, the company has announced some major sales, some minor product releases, and appointed a new VP and CFO."

Also by Tom Peters This Month...
Wrangling with RFID
Questia Continues Its Quest
and in Google Corner(ed): More about Digital Books: A Plan to Partner with Publishers