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Nov 21, 2011
I got a call the other day from one of my clients in the throes of an RFID implementation. She was distressed because members of her consortium were not coming to agreement on which RFID vendor they would use so she wondered if it was possible to use one vendor's products in one location and another vendor's products at the other locations.
The answer is Yes You Can. This is the beauty of standards.
Oct 24, 2011
Below is a session description I contributed to the Library 2.011 Conference which will be held online November 2-4, 2011. My session wasn't accepted, but plenty were, including one by Grace Dunbar of Equinox Software entitled Human Target: Staff is More Important than Software.
ILL is Dead: Network Effects and Resource-Sharing
The key is for libraries to start adding data repositories beyond their catalog into their discovery environment. For example, why shouldn't Ted Talks be searchable within your catalog? They are well-produced, authoritative videos on a broad array of topics. Every library should include them in their holdings. But they don't. OpenLibrary.org has 1.7 million books available online. Are these in every library's discovery interface. No. But this needs to change. And it is.
Sep 27, 2011
Aug 3, 2011
I just read a good article on Motionbuzz.com called Control vs. Responsibility: How to choose the best software for your business. The author is addressing the issues around choosing open source or closed source software and hosting it yourself versus using the vendor for hosting.
As he says below...the option that makes the most sense for you will depend on you or your organizations need for control and the level of responsibility you are equipped to take on.
Jun 15, 2011
Good news for all Evergreen Users!
The Software Freedom Conservancy welcomes the Evergreen project as its newest member. Evergreen joins twenty-six other Conservancy members, who receive the benefit of aggregated non-profit status available to all Conservancy member projects. Conservancy and the Evergreen community, including librarians, developers, and documenters, are excited to announce that Evergreen is now a member of the Software Freedom Conservancy.
Jun 13, 2011
There was some discussion on the Koha Mailing List recently about how to go about procuring an open source ILS...or at least, how to remain open to the possibility of moving to either an open source or proprietary ILS. The thing about the traditional procurement process is that it makes if very awkward (at best) to unmanageable (at worst) for the open source service providers for two reasons:
May 11, 2011
It's official....NISO recommends ISO 28560-2. From NISO Newsline: NISO announced the availability of RFID in U.S. Libraries (NISO RP-6-201x) for a thirty day public comment period, beginning immediately and ending on June 9, 2011.
Apr 10, 2011
Mick Fortune, of RFID-Changing Libraries for Good fame notes that the new data model standard released by ISO just a few weeks ago (ISO 28560) “presents both a threat and an opportunity for suppliers. The threat is obvious. Up until now it has proved too difficult for most libraries to switch suppliers once they have purchased an RFID solution.” With the potential for interoperability between RFID systems, the library RFID marketplace may soon face competition.
Mar 26, 2011
On 3/22/211, ISO 28560, the RFID in Libraries Data Model and Encoding Standard was published. It is composed of three parts. Part One describes the data models and data elements while Parts Two and Three provide for two options for encoding the data on the tags. The U.S. will eventually select one of these two models and specify the mandatory and optional data elements to be used in libraries. This will be a NISO standard.
Mar 2, 2011
Like all things technology, your equipment will be ready for an upgrade within five years — not because it is falling apart (especially in the case of 3M equipment) — but because even better products will be available. Rather than getting stuck with the old model, now you can simply switch the latest greatest thing after a few years and save yourself some cash.