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November 2007

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month

Smart Libraries Newsletter November 2007
In "Open Source Momentum Continues," Marshall Breeding reports on another U.S. library system migrating from a proprietary integrated library system to an open source one.

"Howard County Library, headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, selected Koha ZOOM to replace its existing SirsiDynix Horizon system," notes Breeding. "Howard County stands among the middle tier of public libraries—with six branches, combined collections of about a million items, with annual circulation of about 4.7 million transactions. This library is one of the largest to date to select Koha."

And in SLN in November by Tom Peters
"BLC Joins OCA"
The Boston Library Consortium recently announced that all of its nineteen member libraries will participate in the large-scale digitization project being conducted by the Open Content Alliance. "Although BLC chose to partner with OCA, some observers are seeing this agreement as a deliberate snub of Google," observes Peters. "In a September 28, 2007, post to xconomy, Wade Roush wrote that this announcements signals '...the growing resistance to Google's professed goal of organizing 'all the world's information.'"

Also in Smart Libraries in November

  • "A Thoroughly Modern Library" by Tom Peters
  • "Composing a Symphony" by Marshall Breeding
  • "Holo Emitter: Cool Tool for Virtual Libraries" by Tom Peters
  • "Innovative Interfaces Reports Strong Sales" by Marshall Breeding