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Smart Libraries Newsletter

March 2012

  The Library Automation News Cycle Typically, news in the library automation industry tends to be clustered around major conferences, and larger conferences tend to attract bigger news. The American Library Association Annual Conference (held each summer) and the Midwinter Meeting (held early...

January 2010

In Smart Libraries Newsletter this Month: OLE advances forward through the Kuali Foundation by Marshall Breeding "The Open Library Environment (OLE) is an initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation with the goal of creating a new platform to provide automation support for research libraries. OLE has completed its initial planning project and is preparing to begin its software...

December 2009

In Smart Libraries Newsletter this Month: Two Major Lawsuits Jolt Library Automation Industryby 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...

November 2009

In Smart Libraries Newsletter this Month: LibLime Launches LibLime Enterprise Koha, or, Rift Splits the Koha Development Community Part I: LibLime Enterprise Koha LibLime has launched an enhanced version of the open source Koha ILS, called LibLime Enterprise Koha (LLEK), hosted on a highly-scaleable platform and designed to offer a broader set of functionality with high reliability and fast...

October 2009

In Smart Libraries Newsletter this Month: Softlink International Realigns its Forces Softlink International, a global company that produces the Liberty and Oliver library automation systems, has made a number of noteworthy changes over the last year. They have installed a new CEO for the global company and new management at their US subsidiary, and have incorporated a major independent...

September 2009

In Smart Libraries Newsletter this Month: ILS Market News "A variety of notable events took place on the ILS market recently. There continues to be vigorous competition among a group of companies offering both proprietary and open source products." --Marshall Breeding   The Summer of Transformed Conferences "It was only a matter of time—for years, there has been talk within librarianship and...

August 2009

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month: BiblioCommons Prepares for Next Phase of Roll-out By Marshall Breeding "After a long period of development, testing and some delays, BiblioCommons appears poised to move forward as a contender in the arena of discovery interfaces. Developed by a Toronto-based company of the same name, BiblioCommons offers a new approach to the discovery interface...

May 2009

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month:    OCLC Partners with EBSCO to Expand Access to Articles in Worldcat Local by Marshall Breeding "In order to be more successful as a discovery interface, OCLC has been working on expanding the reach of WorldCat Local to include ever-larger collections of articles and other resources. In the world of next-generation discovery interfaces, competitors...

April 2009

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month:Open Source Discovery Interfaces Gain Momentum by Marshall Breeding "The library community's intense interest in discovery interfaces that allow libraries to offer more modern tools to their users for searching their collections continues. While many libraries cannot make wholesale changes in their automation environment, many seek better interfaces for...

March 2009

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month: National Endowment for the Arts: Reading on the Rise by Tom Peters "For several decades, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has been studying the reading habits of American adults. For most of the past 26 years, the number of Americans who read has trended downward. The 2004 NEA report Reading at Risk featured alarming numbers describing America'...

February 2009

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month: How Green Is My Library? by Tom Peters "When it's time to renovate or replace a library building, that's a green opportunity. The harvesting, extracting, manufacturing, and transportation processes behind the materials used in the building, as well as the building process itself, all have an impact on the overall greenness of the building project."...