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May 2007

 In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month

Smart Libraries Newsletter May 2007
"Technology and Change in Academic Libraries" by Tom Peters
Earlier this spring, the Association of Research and College Libraries (ACRL) published an essay addressing technology and change within academic libraries; the work was a result of a November 2006 summit held in Chicago.

"There's a sense of urgency about this report and this topic," notes Peters, "because the future of academic libraries is perhaps more doubtful today than it has been in over a century. Academic libraries almost certainly will not disappear entirely, but their place and roles in higher education, research, and scholarship are uncertain."

And in The ILS Scoop by Marshall Breeding in May

  • OCLC Acquires TechAtlas for WebJunction
  • SirsiDynix Forms International Division
  • OCLC Reorganizes

Also by Tom Peters in SLN This Month

  • As the DRM Tide Turns
    "Hate it or loathe it, DRM (digital rights management) has been an integral part of the downloadable digital content scene from the beginning," Peters says. "May 2007 may be remembered as the turning of the DRM tide. In early April, Apple announced that this month it would begin offering for sale DRM-free music from EMI Music. In other words, one of the biggest producers and one of the biggest distributors of downloadable digital music have decided to shoot the DRM rapids."
  • Hitting the 10,000 Mark
    "Usually hitting a numerical milestone—such as the one millionth volume added to a library's collection—has decidedly local interest. In this era of mass digitization projects with seven-figure promises, five-figure efforts seem miniscule. However, a couple of interesting initiatives recently hit the 10,000 mark—a milestone that should have worldwide interest."