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OCLC Pulls a Qwikster with WorldCat Discovery

Submitted by John on Thu, 03/17/2016 - 20:27

In 2015, OCLC announced that WorldCat Discovery Services would replace FirstSearch at the end of the calendar year. The Discovery interface, similar to Open WorldCat, features a revamped design, faceted results, and improved listings of related editions and formats. However, it lacks a few advanced search functions available via the FirstSearch version. In response to complaints about these missing options, the retirement date for FirstSearch was extended to 2016. This week it was announced that FirstSearch would continue into 2017, while work is done building a new platform to support full-featured searching. Since Worldcat Discovery will apparently also be enhanced with new capabilities, OCLC's prolonged development cycle and plans to maintain two product lines seem confounding.

Another perspective on ProQuest buying the Ex Libris Group.

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 10/08/2015 - 19:36
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 Let’s not lose sight of the fact that we’ve lost another “content-neutral” discovery vendor as a result of this acquisition.  That’s not a good thing for libraries, although most librarians ignore this reality.  In the end, I believe they’ll regret doing so. We’ve had yet another check-and-balance removed from our supply chain. This post explains why content neutrality is so important and why that loss carries a potentially high price for libraries.  So, in this regard, this is not good news.

Mendeley and RefWorks Flow: The next, next generation of citation management software

Submitted by John on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 10:40

A decade or so ago, ISI's EndNote bought out most of the competition, practically obtaining a monopoly on the reference manager business. In the early Library 2.0 boom, web-based products like Zotero and CSA's RefWorks became the norm. Thomson Reuters played catch up by introducing EndNote Web, and NoodleBib and other adware/freemium clones cropped up in what is now again a crowded marketplace.

Book binder's setting in small-town Nebraska is ideal

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Tue, 02/26/2013 - 14:17
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Article about book bindery in Utica, Nebraska.

Excerpt: Houchen has acquired 14 regional book binderies over the years, keeping a small bindery of five employees in St. Louis and bringing the rest of the work to Utica. They've expanded the Utica facility from 15,000 square feet when the Osbornes bought it to 40,000 square feet today. Their customer base has grown, too, from two states to 21, covering the middle third of the United States.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #228

Submitted by StephenK on Sun, 01/13/2013 - 23:36

This week's program deals with Wikipedia hoaxing, an Internet icon, and a miscellany of brief items.

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