LCI Technology Blog

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Amazon.com Offers Library Processing

Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com pre-fitted with Mylar jackets, barcodes, and other essential preparation services. For the latest list of library services, visit Amazon.com.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

WorldCat to be made available to everyone

According to InfoWorld, OCLC plans to open World Cat searching to the non-library world: http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/nb060717-1.shtml

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Windows emulation on Macs

If you're planning on running Windows (or Linux!) on the Intel Macs in your library using Parallels' emulation software, order copies by July 15 -- the price will go up from $50 to $80 after that. RH

Monday, June 26, 2006

Google announced today @ ALA the takeover of LCI.....

OK, so Google isn't Really taking over LCI.
Yet.
But, their impressively large booth (larger than Microsoft's) had lots of interest for librarians. Many book-and-information-related features have been quietly added in recent months. I suppose most of us (or someone on our staffs) should go to
Google.com/librariancenter
and at a minimum, go to the "Tools" section to download the posters that list advanced searching tips. At that same location, we can also sign up for their special newsletter for librarians as well as view past issues of their newsletters.
They've also released Google Earth 4 (Beta) which now works on Windows, Macintosh, or Linux. Libraries, as educational institutions, are eligible to sign up for the "Pro" version, normally $400, which they can download for free.
Last ALA posting -- See you all back in CT!

Doug McDonough

ALA 6/26/2006

Well over 100 people attended this morning's session to honor our John Does, heaping lots of deserved praise on them as well as awards.

Overdrive wants us to know that they've just signed contracts with three additional large audio publishers and will within days have substantially more bestsellers and popular authors available.

Aquabrower, advertised in all of our professional journals, is much better in person than the print ads could ever show and it is believed by the vendor that it would work the way 'we' would expect it to work in our consortial environment (including those of us who have main libraries with branches). Unfortunately, a rough 'ballpark' cost estimate would make it about the same as Director's Station.

Douglas McDonough

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Mini Report from NOLA convention center

All the parts of New Orleans that most of us have seen before look the same as ever. The French Quarter is, arguably, even bawdier than before. Virtually all of the good restaurants have reopened and the T-shirt shops are full of vicious Anti-FEMA T-shirts (can anyone think of another word that begins with the letter "F" and goes well with FEMA...). So far Bev and I haven't seen any new earth-shattering technology at the conference but there are still two more days to go, so who knows. Attendance at ALA is good but not spectacular, but as far as New Orleans is concerned, that is good enough to declare it a success and, it is hoped, prove to subsequent large conventions that they can successfully visit NOLA. By the way, ALL of the RFID vendors are begging for the chance to go to Windsor to talk with us.

Doug McDonough p.s. Mary Chapin Carpenter said at her concert that we are to tease all of our cohorts who were worried about attending due to mold that New Orleans is as great as ever.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Barbara, Thank you for this. I am looking forward to using this medium

Friday, June 16, 2006

Survey of public attitudes towards Libraries

This is great, Barbara.
Another interesting Blog is LISnews.org. Featured a couple of days back is Long Overdue: A fresh look at public attitudes towards libraries in the 21st Century, a report from the Americans for Libraries Council (who are they?) and funded by the ubiquitous Bill & Malinda Gates Foundation: http://www.publicagenda.org/research/research_reports_details.cfm?list=99

While this is not a direct lead to interesting technology for libraries, it does puport to convey a sense of what the public is looking for from libraries.