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Jan 23, 2011
“It’s altogether infuriating, a misguided and disgraceful attempt at salvaging dollars and cents. This city is not tossing away its appendix to save the whole system, instead, it’s puncturing a vital organ.”
Dec 30, 2010
Marshall Breeding announced the results of his 2010 ILS Survey and two of the big winners in this year’s report are Koha and Evergreen. And, interestingly, the big loser was none other than SirsiDynix. Just sayin.’
Dec 15, 2010
The RFID in Libaries Standard (ISO 28560) moved to Stage 50.20 today. In other words, the Standard is about two months away from being finalized.
Why do you care? Because this standard is going to be the basis for a U.S. Data Model standard. This is what we’ve been waiting for. Finally, a standard that defines how to organize information on a library RFID tag including recommendations for what data elements can be used and which ones are mandatory.
Oct 3, 2010
Aug 30, 2010
Two online tidbits led me to check in with the folks at SirsiDynix about what they are telling their customers about the viability of moving to an open source ILS. Officially, SirsiDynix states that "we believe that competition is good...Two online tidbits led me to check in with the folks at SirsiDynix about what they are telling their customers about the viability of moving to an open source ILS. Officially, SirsiDynix states that "we believe that competition is good.
Aug 17, 2010
A new state-of-the-art resource sharing software has been in the works at Equinox (with sponsorship from ohioNET) for some time now. And while it isn't ready for download, it did cross a new threshold recently. As of August 2, 2010, FulfILLment was established as its own open source project (as opposed to a piece of Evergreen).
Aug 16, 2010
I was recently interviewed by David Carr, a freelancer who wrote an article for Baseline Magazine. I was pleased to see that the quote he included from our discussion was actually complete and in context. Seems so often you end up reading the words you said...but somehow the context gets twisty.
Anyway, I thought it was a good article.
May 29, 2010
I've been focused recently on developments in UHF technology and how it might help libraries improve on the RFID products we currently use (which are based on HF tags). My interest, of course, is having something that fits our library applications best and if UHF is a better fit, I'd rather know now than later after we have an even greater investment in the HF technology.
May 12, 2010
I'm heading off to Colorado today to talk with a library consortium about some of the exciting opportunities for expanding their services by taking advantage of open source technologies. What I'll be talking about is the openings created when a library migrates to an open source library system product like Koha or Evergreen.
Here's my starter list of the things library consortia can be (okay, I mean should be) doing:
Apr 9, 2010
I had the thought recently that libraries are like pantries. Sure, they are full of things we get at Costco (just like everyone else) but once they are in our pantry, they feel different somehow. Once they are in my pantry, they are mine. Even though that can of tuna sitting on my shelf was one of hundreds of identical tuna cans at the grocery store, it feels special to me now that it is on my pantry shelf (I've also got a Little Prince vibe going here but I'm going to try to stick to this pantry metaphor if I can).