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October 2008

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This MonthSmart Libraries Newsletter October 2008

"Thanks to a $475,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, there's a new initiative to create a next-generation library automation environment," reports Marshall Breeding in the October issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter.

"The goal of the project is to develop a a set of requirements for library automation based on a fresh analysis of the workflows that take place in libraries, free from the constraints imposed by current products."

For the more about the project and its key players, read “Mellon-Funded OLE Project Underway to Define Next-Generation Library Automation."

Also in SLN in October by Tom Peters

  • "Chrome Dome" — Not be to outdone on the browser front, Google recently released "Chrome" its browser software it hopes will take market share from IE and Firefox...
  • "Telepresence: Videoconferencing Gets a Facelift" — Peters reports how, "with telepresence systems, a library or library-related organization can beef up and burnish its real-world presence too..."

  • "Green Library PCs" — "The green trend is not going away." Peters takes a look at what some libraries are doing, and can do, to lessen their carbon footprints.

  • "Have Kirtas, Will Scan" — Some libraries are taking the go-it-alone route when it comes to mass digitization...