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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 2007

 In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month "Technology and Change in Academic Libraries" by Tom Peters Earlier this spring, the Association of Research and College Libraries (ACRL) published an essay addressing technology and change within academic libraries; the work was a result of a November 2006 summit held in Chicago. "There's a sense of urgency about this report and this topic," notes...

April 2007

SirsiDynix ILS Set on Single CourseRead the WHOLE STORY in the The ILS Scoop by Marshall Breeding in April's Smart Libraries Newsletter The June 2005 consolidation of Sirsi Corporation and Dynix created SirsiDynix, which stands as the largest company in the library-automation industry. Although many aspects of the company have been integrated, until recently the company sailed two flagship...

March 2007

 In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month "Libraries in Multi-User Environments" by Tom Peters Peters ponders MUVEs—multi-user virtual environments, such as Second Life—and the impact they are having, and will likely continue to have, on librarians; libraries and library-related organizations; librarianship (the practical aspects of the profession); and library science (the theoretical aspects...

February 2007

  This Month in Smart Libraries Newsletter...   In Google Corner(ed) by Tom Peters  "The World's First Information Superpower" Tom Peters again ponders Google's impact on the library field and information sector after Google's late 2006 announcement about the launch of its beta phase Patent Search—which led to his revelation about "the world's first information superpower." Peters notes, "Years...

January 2007

In the ILS Scoop This Month... Consolidation Continues: Endeavor Acquired Marshall Breeding analyzes Endeavor's recent acquisition by the new owner of Ex Libris, Francisco Partners. Breeding explains why Francisco Partners' merging of Ex Libris and Endeavor will form "a powerhouse in the academic library automation sector." Breeding not only covers the publicly available transaction...

December 2006

In December by Tom Peters in SLN... Under the Linden TreeTom Peters surveys the growing phenomenon of Second Life, a virtual world developed by Linden Lab. "Because academic institutions seem to be moving into Second Life with vigor," Peters writes, "it makes sense for academic and research libraries to begin exploring and beta testing some library activities. There's already movement in regard...

November 2006

In November's ILS Scoop by Marshall Breeding... Friendlier Information Finding in LibrariesSerials Solutions is incorporating "friendlier" searching technology into its Central Search federated-search offering. "The new results-clustering functionality, licensed from Vivísimo, transforms a simple listing of results into an interface that offers labeled groupings, which allows the user to...

October 2006

In The ILS Scoop by Marshall Breeding This Month... PINES Sets Precedent for Open-Source ILS"One of the largest shared library-automation systems in the U.S. has migrated from a vendor-developed ILS to an open-source model," writes Breeding in the cover story for October. Georgia PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services), a program of the Georgia Public Library Service that...

September 2006

In The ILS Scoop by Marshall Breeding This Month... Acquisition and Assets"As of this month, Ex Libris is owned by Francisco Partners. The vendor's operations will remain status quo, and the acquisition won't have a profound impact on the larger ILS landscape—but Ex Libris developers may soon have deeper pockets from which to pull." Breeding also examines the implications of the Follett-...

August 2006

Overdue Notice by Tom PetersA recent ALC study provides insights into how the general public and policy leaders view libraries and information technologies in this online age of computerized networks. "In mid-June, the eighty-four-page report Long Overdue: A Fresh Look at Public and Leadership Attitudes about Libraries in the 21st Century conveyed the finding that two-thirds (sixty-four...