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December 2009

In Smart Libraries Newsletter this Month:

Two Major Lawsuits Jolt Library Automation Industry

by Marshall Breeding

"In recent months, two major lawsuits have been filed in the the library automation industry. Queens Borough Public Library filed a complaint on July 2, 2009 against SirsiDynix for breach of contract and 3M has filed suit against EnvisionWare for patent infringement. Both of these lawsuits address interesting issues that bring pivotal library automation legal concerns to the surface. Neither accusation has been proven, and both are still pending legal action or settlement. The complaints filed with the courts stand as public documents exposing the plaintiffs’ concerns in detail. The defendant’s response to those claims may not become public until the issue comes before a court, or may never be disclosed if the parties settle out of court. While major lawsuits attract much attention, they must be considered skeptically until both sides of the matter can be understood. With these caveats, we review some issues regarding these pending legal matters."

Also in this Issue:

dmMonocle: Better Viewing of CONTENTdm Images
by Tom Peters

Collections for Portable eReading
by Tom Peters

SkyRiver Ramps up as a New Bibliographic Service Business
by Tom Peters

ATLAS: One Route to a More Interactive Collection of Digital Images
by Tom Peters

Large-scale ILS Implementations: Open Source and Proprietary
by Marshall Breeding

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