Libraries - systems and technologies

Inside California Digital Library

The California Digital Library has a web page [Inside CDL] linking to its working documents. This provides an interesting insight into the shared collection development and technical issues facing a large group of research libraries working to build future infrastructure. Check out its project page for example: In partnership with the University of California libraries … Continue reading Inside California Digital Library

Infomotion’s books

Check out Infomotions’ library of books. This is a catalog of Eric Lease Morgan’s personal collection. He is taking a book, pulling a record from LC via Z39.50, and indexing it in Swish-e. Each entry has the MARC record associated with it.

VTLS and Fedora

Eric drew my attention to a press release noting that VTLS is going to support the open source digital asset management system, Fedora, as part of their product range. Blacksburg, VA – VTLS announced today the debut of a new era in library automation with the company becoming the first major ILS vendor to lead … Continue reading VTLS and Fedora

SAKAI – significant open source initiative

The University of Michigan, Indiana University, MIT, Stanford, and the uPortal consortium are joining forces to integrate and synchronize their considerable educational software into a pre-integrated collection of open source tools. This will yield three big wins for sustainable economics and innovation in higher education: 1) A framework that builds on the recently ratified JSR … Continue reading SAKAI – significant open source initiative

Wils review

Tom Zillner has written a review of Lorcan Dempsey’s The Recombinant Library: Portals and People (28 pp.). See Tom’s review (three-page PDF). [WiLS News]

Open source vs buy

Interesting article by the CIO of UW Madison. They like to buy, but uncertainty in the vendor space is prompting them to look at open source again despite the maintenance gaps. So why, given the challenges of maintenance and support, did I opt in to a collaborative open-source project last July? And why am I … Continue reading Open source vs buy

Unplug and play

I think this is a very nice phrase to describe some of what is happening as we look at service oriented approaches. Implementing an SOA leads to agile application assembly, which is a new approach to application development, maintenance and integration that I like to call ‘Unplug and play’: “… achieved by unplugging rigid integrations … Continue reading Unplug and play

Dynix and web services

We use Web Services with our new Vendor Integration Protocol (VIP), through which acquisitions librarians can check book pricing and availability within a matter of seconds with their book jobber. Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Book Wholesalers, Inc., and Brodart all support the VIP protocol. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Literally any transaction … Continue reading Dynix and web services

A guide to institutional repository software

There has been quite a bit of discussion about the Budapest Open Access Initiative Guide to Institutional Repository Software in various places. One question to emerge is whether there is a place for software specialised to the needs of eprints or other classes of material, or whether general digital library solutions are preferable.