MA Company helps save libraries from disaster

Submitted by rochelle on Thu, 08/31/2006 - 19:13

Anonymous Patron writes "From The Republican in MA: A specialized company with an office and climate-controlled warehouse in this town's Three Rivers section, has long helped planners anticipate moving large library collections during construction projects.

But more recently, National Library Relocations has been responding to climates out of control in the form of destructive wet weather--north and south.

OCLC Adds Vietnamese Version of Dewey Decimal System

Submitted by birdie on Thu, 08/24/2006 - 20:51

Anonymous Patron writes "Business First of Columbus: The Online Computer Library Center said it has published the first complete translation of the Dewey Decimal Classification and Relative Index into Vietnamese.

The system, which has been translated into more than 30 languages, is an organizational tool for library collections that provides sorting and browsing tools for easier access to resources, Dublin-based OCLC said. It is used in more than 135 countries."

Follett acquires competitor's software

Submitted by rochelle on Wed, 08/09/2006 - 18:59

Anonymous Patron writes "eSchool News online : With its acquisition of the library automation business of its largest competitor, Sagebrush Corp., Follett Software Co. has become the definitive leader in school library automation software. Though Follett pledges to support Sagebrush's 24,000 school library customers, analysts say the deal, which reportedly gives Follett about a 70-percent market share, ultimately will bring several changes."

Libraries See Pros -- and Cons -- With Amazon's New Programs

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 08/09/2006 - 03:17

Following up on our announcement last week of new library services offered by, here's a discussion in The Book Standard on what the new program means to libraries. The article speculates on whether librarians will turn to for services that they currently get from companies like Baker & Taylor and Follett.
Author Kimberly Maul invites you to add your two bits via e-mail.

OCLC Symposium from ALA Annual available online

Submitted by Samantha on Fri, 08/04/2006 - 22:53

In New Orleans I got to attend a great symposium by OCLC entitled "Preserving Library Core Values and Envisioning the Future." It featured Derek Woodgate, Founder and President of The Futures Lab; Wendy L. Schultz, Ph.D., Director of Infinite Futures: Foresight Research, Training and Facilitation; and Stacey Aldrich, Assistant Director of the Omaha (Nebraska) Public Library System. Pretty interesting stuff. It's now available online for your viewing on OCLC's site.

Amazon Introduces End-to-End Library Processing

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 08/01/2006 - 02:57
Topic has launched Library Processing, enabling its multitudinous library customers to receive Machine-Readable Cataloging (MARC) records and have books and other media they order from pre-fitted with Mylar jackets, barcodes, and other essential preparation services. For the latest list of library services, visit