Technology

SUNY\'s Library-Software Contract Includes Code

The Chronicle has a Story on a contract the State University of New York signed with Ex-Libris. The contract requires Ex-Libris to place in escrow a complete copy of the software source code and all related documentation. That means SUNY can look at the source code and documentation for the company\'s library-management system. Sounds like a good move.

Earth’s Largest Library in Sight?

Remember Steve Coffman\'s ELL story in Searcher? He proposed making an Amazonian library with all the Amazon benefits. Infotoday now Says OCLC\'s new strategy may just be on track to reach this goal. OCLC\'s new Four Corners strategy:

Metadata-Formerly called cataloging, but now expanded beyond the traditional OCLC records to new sources from a variety of partners and even some pre-publication metadata, all designed to serve the end-user and the librarian


Content Management-Will enable OCLC to help librarians manage their local collections, including archiving and digitizing local collections


Discovery/Navigation with the next generation of reference services, such as the Portal Management Service—Will help librarians create their own Web sites and portals, as well as effective interfaces for patrons dealing with the Extended World Catalog


Fulfillment-Rapid information-delivery services, including an integrated \"Click to Borrow or Buy\" feature.

I think most librarians would be happy if they just lowered their prices.

Open Access Wave of the Future

The Chronicle has an Interview with William Y. Arms , the guy who runs Dlib Magazine. He has some interesting things to say about the future of libraries. Mr. Arms says that once people are able to get all they need from the internet, they will stop going to the library, ease of access leads to use, and the library is harder to use.

\"I think it may be possible to have substantial research programs without access to conventional libraries\".

Some provocative stuff in this one.

Docster List Up and Running

Daniel Chudnov has the
Docster
list up and running now.This list is
intended for
those wishing to help build and test a
docster-like prototype, and is open to all participants.

This project is
specifically aimed at shared discovery and analysis of
technical, social,
and legal changes to existing p2p (Peer to Peer)
models we will need to make to make
instant document delivery real and equitable for all
involved. See the
docster proposal at oss4li
b.org/readings/docster.php
for more
background.


The list can be found on Sourceforge at :http://lists.sourceforge.net/mailman/listinfo/oss4lib-doc
ster\">
lists.sourceforge.net/mailman/listinfo/oss4lib-docster

World\'s Largest Library ?

Feedmag has an Interview with Brewster Kahle the founder of Alexa who has built what they claim is the largest library in the world. They have collected thirty terabytes of data, archiving both the web itself, and the patterns of traffic flowing through it on their servers. It\'s interesting to what he considers a library, and how much it costs to catalog a book (hint:he says that\'s a bad thing)

\"In just three years we got bigger than the Library of Congress, the biggest library on the planet,\" he says, arms outstretched, smiling. \"So the question is: What do we do now?\" -- Read More

XML: No Magic Problem Solver

I like This Story from
one of my favorite mags Business 2.0
on XML because the author attempts to control some of
the silly hype currently surrounding XML.

\"
Three sad truths
Sad XML Truth No. 1: Designing a good format using
XML still requires human intelligence.
Sad XML Truth No. 2: XML does not mean less
pain.
Sad XML Truth No. 3: Interoperability isn’t an
engineering issue, it’s a business issue. -- Read More

XML in Libraries

I stumbled on \"The XML Files: The Truth Will Be Out There\" a
paper written by Cara Bradley on how XML will be
used in libraries. She covers A Brief History of Markup
Languages, and XMl in libraries. It\'s worth the read if
you\'re a geek like me.

\"XML looms on the
horizon but the truth about the role it will play in digital
representation is not yet known, and its potential impact
on library and information environments remains just
that, potential. Yet, the relationship between XML and
these information climates seems promising; as Exner
and Turner note, \"XML is certainly a significant advance
in the handling of data and information in the Web
environment, and anything that affects information will
also impact the library field\" (\"Examining XML\").
Librarians are well-advised to be aware of
technological developments that may have a profound
impact on the way they manage and deliver information.
XML is one such technology deserving of attention. \"

The MLS and Webmasters

Library schools today are turning out webmasters, writes Marissa Melton on usnews.com.

Library science is a field transformed by the cyber-revolution. A generation ago, \"the librarian had the crepe-soled shoes and the bun and was holding court in a book-lined environment,\" says Carol Hoffmann, assistant to the director of the University of Pittsburgh\'s library system.

LC grapples with digital preservation

The Nando Times is carrying an AP story that LC is grappling with digital preservation. New baseball cards are appearing on three-inch CD-ROM discs, bringing up questions not only of physical preservation but compatible hardware and software.

\"One problem is the hardware,\" [curator Harry] Katz said. \"Technology moves so fast that in a few years today\'s computers may be obsolete. No use keeping the disks if they can\'t be read. How much equipment do we have to preserve, too?\"

Wave of the Information?

Bill writes \"I found an article in The Chronicle last week you may be interested in. It Talks about a number of issues that may affect libraries in the future. The article is an interview with William Y. Arms who runs dlib magazine. He says that the quality and quantity of free information is growing. \"

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