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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...

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."...

January 2009

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month: Web-Based ILS from Infor Marshall Breeding reports on Infor's recently launched V-Smart Web-based integrated library system in the January issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter. "V-smart will take the reigns as the company's premier integrated library system, though support and development of Vubis Smart, which previously served as the company's strategic...

December 2008

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month Polling App for Libraries and Library-Related Organizations Tom Peters takes a look at Turning Technologies' "ResponseWare Web" instant-polling software, which he notes has utility for libraries' user-interaction needs. "There are many polling applications for libraries and library-related organizations," reports Peters. "This software could increase...

November 2008

 In Smart Libraries Newsletter: "Koha in Delhi, India" Marshall Breeding reports on the Delhi Public Library's choice to implement open-source software, Koha, for its automated services. "In tune with the worldwide trend toward open-source software, the Delhi Public Library has embarked on a project to shift...to Koha," notes Breeding in the November issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter. "This...

October 2008

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month "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...

September 2008

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month One Step Forward or Two Steps Back? Two recent announcements about VTLS -- with very different undertones and overtones -- were made within the same week, reports Marshall Breeding. "One involved the completed implementation of Virtua at Queens Borough Public Library and the other revealed the decision by Oxford University Libraries in the United Kingdom...

August 2008

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month Library systems: Into the great, wide open... The last few months, open-source software — and how various library systems are migrating to using it for library systems and services — has garnered front-page coverage in SLN. In August, Marshall Breeding reports on how one proprietary product developer and library vendor, Ex Libris, is utilizing an open...