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.


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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