Library friends have you seen this video from OSCON 2011? If not you should watch/listen and share far and wide!! Piers Cawley sang to OSCON a couple years ago about his outrage at library closings in his area. Lyrics are here and references here.
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I received this via email and thought you might all be interested in participating: This is a call for participation in a survey about the decision-making process of choosing a proprietary versus an open source integrated library system (ILS). The results will be tabulated and used to help other libraries learn from and use your experience as they make decisions regarding their ILSs. This survey is part of a research [ Read More ]
I just learned that Drexel’s Hagerty Library is not only lending out Macbook Pros to those on campus, but is doing so via a vending machine type interface. Drexel University introduced a 24-hour, self-service vending machine located in the W. W. Hagerty Library that will dispense MacBooks for use by students, faculty and staff. Drexel is the third university on the East Coast to introduce the kiosk, which holds up [ Read More ]
For years librarians have been trying to say that the library isn’t all about the books … and while I of course agree … I’m not sure I would go so far as to remove all books from the library – or in the case of San Antonio building a library without any books. Books, who needs ‘em? Libraries? Not anymore they don’t. The first public, bookless library is coming [ Read More ]
MarcEdit, a free MARC editor/manipulator is going to offer Koha integration in its next release! At this point, the program is primarily supporting search and update/creation of records. Essentially, users will select their ILS system from the list of supported ILS’s (at this point, just Koha) and MarcEdit will add a new option to the MarcEditor window. I’ve been working hard over Thanksgiving so that a first version of this [ Read More ]
Today I found a report from ProgrammableWeb that they list 49 library specific APIs in their database! Our API directory now includes 49 library APIs. The newest is the Home Theater Backdrops API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the LibraryThing API. We list 3 LibraryThing mashups. How many of the 49 is your library using?
I posted this originally over on my work site, but thought it bared repeating to a bigger audience. I recently heard something a bit disturbing from a library friend and thought I should use this as a teaching opportunity. This library friend was doing research on ILSes and was told by a proprietary company’s sales person that with an open source system, such as Koha, if they don’t contribute to [ Read More ]
Every year Marshall Breeding conducts a survey of library automation, but he can’t do it without you. It’s time to collect data for the 2012 edition of the survey. This is an opportunity for libraries to register their perceptions of the ILS product they use, its vendor, and the quality of support delivered. Is support getting better or worse? The survey also probes at considerations for migrating to new systems [ Read More ]
The latest release of MarcEdit (version 5.8) includes an RDA Helper: The RDA Helper is an in development tool that provides the ability to RDA’ize AACR2 records. The function allows users to select from a broad range of RDA field options. RDA Helper includes automatic GMD generation Terry Reese (the genius behind MarcEdit) has done a video to show you this new feature: Check out the latest version of MarcEdit [ Read More ]