Shelfari - Maybe Evil?

Well, this article did come from LibraryThing's blog, so I'm sure there might be some bias, but they are talking about the dubious email-a-friend practices of one of their competitors, Shelfari. Being against accidentally emailing everyone in my entire address book, I think I'll give them a miss. It is, however, also interesting to see LibraryThing's "take" on who their competitors are.

Interview With Beth Jefferson, BiblioCommons Founder

On this episode of Interviews with Innovators, Jon Udell's guest is Beth Jefferson, the founder of BiblioCommons. Her company's new software aims to transform public libraries' online catalogs into environments for social discovery of resources that are cataloged not only by librarians, but also by patrons.


Open Source ILS Market Penetration

This ILS Market Analysis was written by Bob Molyneux

An Inside Look At The OCLC Datacenter

Over at Hangingtogether, Roy has posted In the Hall of the Mountain King, an inside tour of the OCLC computing and monitoring facilities. It includes a ten Petabyte tape backup, 180 Terabytes of disks, the WorldCat servers, and the infrastructure supporting Open WorldCat. "Taking a lesson from Google, this set of processors running in parallel is capable of providing millisecond response times by dividing up the index across multiple nodes and merging the results. Using commodity hardware from Dell and open source system software (SUSE Linux), OCLC is working at reducing infrastructure costs while maximizing performance."

Borders changing its rewards program

JET writes "The consumerist reports that according to the Wall Street Journal, Borders rewards program is too popular and too rewarding, so they are cutting back the benefits."


Borders Honors Educators With a Discount

Borders Group is "honoring America's teachers" by giving a 25% discount on regularly priced books, CDs, DVDs, gift and stationery and cafe items for classroom or personal use from tomorrow, September 26, through Tuesday, October 2.

Current and retired teachers, librarians, professors, homeschoolers and other educators are eligible for the Educator Savings Week. As part of the event, Borders is donating $50,000 to its literacy partner, First Book, which provides reading material to children whose families can't easily afford books.

Borders is holding receptions for educators at its superstores on Friday, 4-8 p.m. For more information about Educator Savings Week, go to Borders Media.

Web Based School and Library Administration Site

Margot Reiss writes "Brand new Web Based School and Library Administration site now up. Has been successfully beta-tested by private elementary school and professional librarian. Do complete school admin. (track students, books read, catalogue inventory, schedule classes, rosters, grades) and more!"


Questia Invites Us All To Share 5,000 Books for Free

Questia Media Inc. has made its online library of more than 5,000 classic books free to the public.

Here's the company line..."We have a treasure trove of material we wanted to share with the world," said Tim Harris, chief executive of Questia. "These are some of the greatest and most influential books ever written. We felt that only giving our paid subscribers access to these books is a disservice to the Internet community as a whole. Now everyone can read them."

BizJournals reports.


Something to Crunch on From is experimenting with selling and delivering fresh produce and other grocery items to customers on Mercer Island, near its Seattle, WA headquarters, according to the AP and the Seattle Post Intelligencer. Offerings do not include books.

OCLC takes control of library network

The Ohio-based Online Computer Library Center Inc. has become the sole shareholder of the European library network it has worked with for 30 years.

OCLC said Tuesday is purchased the remaining 40 percent of shares in OCLC Pica Group BV, a European supplier of library software and services. OCLC in 2000 purchased 60 percent of the shares in Pica, a Dutch library service provider that later became incorporated as OCLC Pica Group in 2002.



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