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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).
Apr 7, 2010
If you care about physical delivery of library material (and I do), you may want to catch this webinar being produced by NISO.
It’s in the Mail: Improving the Physical Delivery of Library Resources
May 12, 2010
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Mar 16, 2010
Equinox has been talking about it for quite some time but there appears to be actual movement on a true open source ILL module for linking not just open source library systems but all ILS products (pending some standards compliance issues I imagein).
The name of the product is FulfILLment and the website says "it will provide library users seamless access to materials owned by libraries using FullfILLment—no matter which integrated library system his or her library uses."
Mar 2, 2010
I have been very busy writing and posting blog entries but alas, the content is all living elsewhere. Much of what I write is for clients and these reports sometimes find their way to this site. But not always. For now, take a peek at a new website I'm working on with King County Library System and the other rascals involved in moving libraries to open source library systems.
Jan 17, 2010
Thomas Krichel of Palmer School of Library and Information Science has developed, and is sharing, course material for an intensive course he developed in which students, without any previous system admininstration experience, installed debian, and then installed Koha.
All 17 of his students were successful...wanna give it a go?
Jan 12, 2010
Closerware has teamed with TechSoup Stock to make its web-based VolunteerMatters operations management and outreach software available to nonprofit organizations and public libraries. Organizations that make use of volunteers can use VolunteerMatters to schedule shifts, maintain contact information, publish an online directory, send email and postal mail communications, and generate various kinds of reports.