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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 2008

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month "OCLC Acquires EZProxy," by Marshall Breeding OCLC continues to pile its toolbox of library automation products, and its recent purchase of EZProxy software is yet another utensil the organization can use to help libraries build easier online access for users. "Developed specifically to help libraries deliver access to subscribed electronic content to off-...

February 2008

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month Interest in open-source options for library software and integrated library systems has increased over the last year, notes Marshall Breeding in the February 2008 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter. "Until now, the open-source ILS implementations have taken place primarily in public libraries, with no large academic libraries in the U.S. or Canada...

January 2008

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month Moving from Advance... New York University plans to migrate to ALEPH 500, the library automation system Ex Libris developed and maintains, reports Marshall Breeding. This automation project encompasses a number of libraries — including the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, The Stephen Chan Library of Fine Arts, and The Conservation Center Library — and will...

December 2007

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month "Checkpoint Systems and 3M Library Systems Converge on RFID" by Marshall Breeding Two of the top makers of library-focused RFID and library security products, 3M Library Systems and Checkpoint Systems, have consolidated their efforts. "This strategic sales and marketing alliance gives 3M Library Systems full responsibility for the marketing and support...

November 2007

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month In "Open Source Momentum Continues," Marshall Breeding reports on another U.S. library system migrating from a proprietary integrated library system to an open source one. "Howard County Library, headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, selected Koha ZOOM to replace its existing SirsiDynix Horizon system," notes Breeding. "Howard County stands among the...

October 2007

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month In "Rollin', Rollin: Google Book Search " Tom Peters reports on what some may consider to be an infamous Google activity in the library world. "Google Book Search (GBS), the growing online resource born in part from a massive book scanning project involving dozens of partner libraries around the world, just keeps rolling along, like Old Man River," writes...

September 2007

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month In "VuFind: A Next-Generation Catalog from Villanova " Marshall Breeding reports on Falvey Memorial Library's open-source "next-generation" online catalog. Based as Villanova University, Falvey Library's "VuFind" offers features like search results displayed in relevancy-ranked order, the display and status of the current availability of items in the...

August 2007

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month In "OCLC Completes Its Acquisition of PICA" Marshall Breeding discusses the final part of the OCLC PICA deal and its implications for the world of library technology. "The completion of the purchase of PICA represents the latest in OCLC's growth into a global entity," explains Breeding, who adds, "No corporate acquisition such as this is devoid of some...

July 2007

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month In "The End of the Romantic Library?" Tom Peters ponders the library's possibly waning role as a romantic institution, at least in the design of its services. "The individual quietly using the library is the romantic, ideal use model in most libraries. Even when a physical library is filled with people often it is filled with individuals acting...

June 2007

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month "Small World: OCLC Launches WorldCat Local" by Marshall Breeding "Next-gen" software is where it's at these days, and OCLC has joined the fray with its WorldCat Local. "OCLC has made another foray (remember LS/2000?) into the online catalog arena by launching WorldCat Local, a version of WorldCat designed to replace the online catalog delivered as part...