Thomson-Gale Celebrates Natl. Library Week with Librareo

In honor of National Library Week 2007 (April 15-21), Thomson Gale is launching librareo, an online community for libraries and the people who love them. To make certain librareo gets off to a great start, from April 15 until the end of June, librareo will host a very unique contest - the "I Love my Library" video contest.

Here's how you enter to win:

Make a video no shorter than 30 seconds but no longer than two-minutes professing a deep, abiding love of libraries, librarians and those who depend on them. Load the video to the librareo group on YouTube before midnight EST on Friday, May 25, 2007.

...and here's the PR Web announcement with even more details. Get those video cameras out!

Libraries Facilitate Access with Open Source

Somebody writes " The open source movement and libraries have a lot in common, not the least of which is the belief in free and open access to ideas and information. Yet, until recently, libraries have been slow to switch to open source software. Libraries have highly specialized software needs because the library community has developed its own complex standards and protocols to facilitate things like interlibrary loan, meta data sharing, and federated searching. Until recently, lack of commercial support made implementing open source unfeasible for libraries without an IT staff. Also, open source alternatives weren't perceived as scalable or feature-rich enough to handle the complex needs of most libraries. Now, commercial support has facilitated new levels of collaboration between libraries through sponsored development."


Burger's Blog: Don't Be A Vendor Victim

Somebody writes "Some of you may know Leslie Burger, the president of the American Library Association has a blog. Her Vendor Victim post from a few months ago caught my eye. She posted it back in September, so it's not quite a "Resolution" but it's an interesting statement coming from someone in her position:

"So my new vow is to no longer play the victim or to be held hostage to vendors who choose not to respond to my library's problems. I'm hiring the talent I need to solve the problems."


Library Technology Guides: History of Library Automation

Somebody writes "Library Technology Guides: History of Library Automation. This graphic shows the history of mergers and acquisitions in the library automation industry. From The Library Technology Guides website which "aims to provide comprehensive and objective information related to the field of library automation." By Marshall Breeding, the Director of Innovative Technology and Research for the Jean and Alexander Heard Library at Vanderbilt University. Via"


Ingram Acquires Coutts & MyiLibrary

Coutts Information Services writes "Ingram enters academic library supply field acquiring Coutts Information Services and MyiLibraryTM:

NASHVILLE, TN Ingram Industries Inc. today announced its acquisition of Coutts Information Services and its MyiLibrary affiliate, heralding Ingram's entry into the academic library supply business.

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LexisNexis Founder , H. Donald Wilson Dies

mdoneil writes "H.Donald Wilson, the founder of LexisNexis — then part of Mead Data General died on November 12th -- oddly enough in front of his computer. The Washington Post has the article about Wilson's interesting life."


Not Always Full Speed Ahead

The NYTimes Asks What is a megabit worth? And what the heck is a megabit anyway? These questions are hard to avoid for consumers trying to make sense of the fast-growing menu of options for high-speed Internet access.In many cases, consumer advocates and industry analysts said, customers do not get the maximum promised speed, or anywhere near it, from their cable and digital subscriber line connections. Instead, the phrase "up to" refers to speeds attainable under ideal conditions, like when a D.S.L. user is near the phone company's central switching office.

Scirus Partners with Indian Institute of Science

reported a collaboration between Scirus and the Indian Institute of Science in which the digital content of the Institute will be indexed in Scirus.
Scirus will index two institutional repositories, [email protected] and [email protected]. The former is an eprints archiving facility for the IISc research community and the latter a digital repository of theses and dissertations of IISc' students and researchers.
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Scirus Partners with Indian Institute of Science

Jeff Bezos' Risky Bet

Business Week Reports Amazon's CEO wants to run your business with the technology behind his Web site. But Wall street wants him to mind the store. Yes, Amazon founder and Chief Executive Jeffrey P. Bezos, the onetime Internet poster boy who quickly became a post-dot-com piñata, is back with yet another new idea.Bezos wants Amazon to run your business, at least the messy technical and logistical parts of it, using those same technologies and operations that power his $10 billion online store. In the process, Bezos aims to transform Amazon into a kind of 21st century digital utility.

RedLightGreen service ending

I just got this in my email ...

Dear RedLightGreen user,

I am contacting you to let you know that on November 5th the RedLightGreen service will end. RLG, RedLightGreen's parent not-for-profit company has combined forces with another organization that supports a similar service, We have decided to invest all of our efforts into developing and supporting a single
product rather than continuing to support two.


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