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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...

March 2010

Coming to Terms with Mobile We’re still in the very early days of mobile services for libraries, and we’ve got a lot of catching up to do. Mobile sites will always offer a subset of the functionality available through their counterparts on the traditional Web. So it’s essential to deliver the right information and service options that will make the effort worthwhile to mobile users. The early...

March 2010

In Smart Libraries Newsletter this Month: Coming to Terms with Mobile"Mobile technology suddenly seems to be all the rage in libraries. This issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter includes several stories of new products or services that aim to deliver library content and services to users with mobile devices. I’ve been aware of the rising importance of mobile technology for quite a long time, but...

February 2010

In Smart Libraries Newsletter this Month: "The start of a new year and a new decade gives us a great opportunity to take a look ahead at some of the major technology trends that are currently playing out and examine how they will impact libraries. I think that it’s quite important to pay close attention to the changes and transitions playing out in the library automation industry, and also in the...

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...

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...