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OCLC announces strategy to move library management services to Web scale

"Our strategy to move library management systems to Web scale builds on OCLC's 40-year history of innovation and cooperation," said Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO. "In 1967, OCLC Founder Fred Kilgour revealed a strategy to create an online union catalog through shared cataloging in order to reduce individual transaction costs for libraries. The result has been WorldCat, which has saved libraries millions of dollars in cataloging and interlibrary loan costs.

Code4Lib Journal: new issue 6 now available

Editorial Introduction - Issue 6
Christine Schwartz
http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/1376

The intelligent use of technology in libraries continues to be one of our most crucial challenges. For those of us who became librarians because we loved to explore the book stacks, we are now finding new ways to explore both old and new content in digital form. With issue 6 of the Code4Lib Journal we hope you will find new ways to explore, experiment, and bring to your library users what they want and need.

Rochester Institute of Technology partners with Kirtas Technologies to make its famed Middleton Collection available to the world

ROCHESTER, N.Y., MARCH 24, 2009 – Housed within Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) Cary Graphic Arts Collection is the Bernard C. Middleton Collection, one of the finest resources in the world for the study of bookbinding history and practice.

And as ironic as it may seem, even a collection of books about bookbinding can find a place to call home in the online world. Kirtas and RIT today announced that RIT’s famed Middleton Collection is available on Kirtasbooks.com, joining the growing number of content partners providing collections and titles to the site.

2009 LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award winner announced

SOPAC was created as a module for the widely adopted Drupal OSS content management system. SOPAC provides a simple mechanism for integrating library catalog systems with the power of the Drupal content management system while allowing users to tag, rate, and review holdings. User input is then incorporated into the discovery index so that SOPAC becomes a truly community-driven catalog system. Other features include:

* Faceted browsing
* Saved searches
* Integrated renewals, holds placement, and fine payment

Spring Series Library Open Solutions Webinars Announced

Sign up now, mark your calendars and pick your favorite topics for this series of weekly webinars offering fun and informative stuff good for libraries. Here's the line-up that's filling out with more great speakers everyday:

3/12 SOPAC - John Blyberg
3/19 Creating Open Source Sandboxes with BitNami - Mark Beatty
3/26 Wordpress as a CMS - Karen Coombs
4/2 Mobile Applications for Libraries
4/9 LibraryThing for Libraries - Jen Schmidt and Ingrid Lebolt
4/16 LibX Searching Toolbars - Jen Holmen and Anne Zarinnia
all sessions are Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Central Time

Ingram DigitalSM Expands International Presence to Taiwan

LA VERGNE, TN – The Taiwan Library Consortium, in conjunction with the government of Taiwan, has selected Ingram Digital, an Ingram content company focused on solutions for digital content management, hosting and distribution, to provide e-books and audio books to a majority of the nation’s libraries.

Code4Lib Journal: call for proposals, June issue

The Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) exists to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future.

The Code4Lib Journal is now accepting proposals for publication in its 7th issue. Don't miss out on this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences. To be included in the 7th issue, which is scheduled for publication in late June 2009, please submit articles, abstracts, or proposals to c4lj-articles@googlegroups.com by Friday, March 20, 2009.

Koha Open Source Community Regrets Failure of PTFS, Inc. to Comply with Community Guidelines

January 29, 2009-- The creators and developers of Koha, the first open source Integrated Library System (ILS), today expressed regret that PTFS, Inc has chosen not to follow the Koha ILS free and open source software community guidelines as stated on http://koha.org.

LibLime Announces Support for Kete, Community Digital Archive

COLUMBUS, OH--January 23, 2009--LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, announced today that the company is now offering support for Kete, an open-source community digital archive.

LibLime is offering the following Kete services for libraries: hosting, installation, support and training.

Kete is cutting-edge software that allows a community of users to collaboratively build a repository of historical and contemporary artifacts. Kete offers a complete multimedia experience, supporting upload and storage of:

ALA releases tough economy toolkit

“With city, county, state and federal budgets under increasing pressure, we need to be making the case for libraries more than ever,” said Keith Michael Fiels, ALA executive director. “All too often, libraries are the first to receive budget cuts. Funders need to understand the essential role that libraries play in our society and economy, with usage up significantly and increasing numbers of people coming to libraries for job-related services, for access to government assistance programs and as a way of making their money go further.