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Dec 31, 2009
Califa, in partnership with InfoPeople, is pleased to be presenting The Edgy Librarian, an online web conference held on January 20, 2010, featuring many of the new technologies being used in libraries, and show-and-tell sessions from libraries using those new services! Registration information is below, and the sessions are as follows (all times are in Pacific Time Zone):
Nov 16, 2009
The OLE Final Report is out and it begins with a "research scenario" that OLE is striving to support. In other words, the library software they are planning to develop (in the next phase which is code named the Kuali OLE Project) could make the following scenario a reality...
An economist is conducting research on the housing market financial collapse.
Nov 9, 2009
In Mark Leggott's lengthy response to Stephen Abram's article, he challenges many of Abram's claims and does so from his own relevant experience: Leggott is from the University of Prince Edward Island which migrated off SirsiDynix Unicorn to Evergreen.
The following four issues (fears) often come up for people when they first start looking into an OSLS (open source library system):
Nov 5, 2009
Oct 22, 2009
Roy Tennant has provided some must-read words of wisdom for Library Administrators. Here's my personal favorite:
#4: Maximize the effectiveness of your most costly technology investment -- your people. As technology itself falls in price per unit, your staff is likely to get more expensive. So pay attention to what is required to make the most effective use of them. This means getting them the training and resources they need to do their job well.
Oct 21, 2009
"BibLibre wants to push libraries who call us to do development work, for Koha or any other piece of software, to write in the RFP itself or the contract that all the code produced will both: have an open source license; and be accessible on a public repository."
Oct 12, 2009
"The three large networks in Massachusetts--NOBLE, C.W. MARS and Merrimack Valley--have been working on an Open Source solution that could be shared between their organizations. The Tri-Network Committee has just recommended Evergreen as the platform of choice. That decision has to be ratified by the three network boards, but they have already been awarded a joint $412,000 LSTA Grant specifically to develop an Open Source alternative for the state..."
Oct 8, 2009
Jerry Kline is launching a new company called SkyRiver (website launching today). Jerry is the owner and co-founder of Innovative Interfaces. The new company "aims to expand the market and offer an alternative bibliographic utility for cataloging that could save libraries up to 40 percent off their expenditures for bibliographic services."
As reported by Marshall Breeding in the 10/6/09 issue of Library Journal (New Company SkyRiver Sparks Cataloging Compe
Oct 5, 2009
Sep 29, 2009
From the OITP website: The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) has released the official version of its policy brief, “Fiber to the Library: How Public Libraries Can Benefit.” The purpose of this paper is to assist libraries in understanding the benefits of fiber optic technology and to suggest strategies they can consider when exploring how to obtain fiber connectivity.