The year saw an evolving process of innovation, integration, and iteration, as companies and products morph into next-level services.
The development and launch of Koha by New Zealand’s Horowhenua Library Trust and Katipo Communications 16 years ago and the creation of Evergreen by the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) in 2006 were greeted with a lot of enthusiasm by the library field. Whether generated in-house, or purchased from a commercial vendor, integrated library systems (ILS) have always been costly, and, in theory, the prospect of libraries collaboratively working on open source systems held a lot of promise. In some ways, these solutions are still living down the early hype.
Company profiles of Auto-Graphics, Inc., Axiell Group, BiblioCommons, Biblionix, ByWater Solutions, EBSCO Information Services, Equinox Software, Follett Software Company, Infor Library & Information Solutions, Innovative Interfaces, Inc., LibLime, a division of PTFS, The Library Corporation (TLC), Mandarin Library Automation, Inc., OCLC, ProQuest, and SirsiDynix.
According to a recent LJ survey, a majority of librarians are happy with their current integrated library system (ILS) or library services platform (LSP), with 72% of those using a commercial system saying they are satisfied (44%) or very satisfied (28%). Some 28% describe themselves as somewhat (23%) or completely (5%) dissatisfied. Similarly, 81% of open source ILS users say they are satisfied (43%) or very satisfied (38%).
On-demand streaming media, digital comics, and ebook platform hoopla debuted its new 4.0 interface today at the Public Library Association’s (PLA) 2016 conference in Denver. Reflecting feedback from libraries and patrons, the new interface includes an advanced search feature enabling discovery of titles from across the platform’s various formats, and a Kids’ Mode feature that instantly weeds out all teen and adult-targeted content to customize the hoopla experience for children.
The transition from print to electronic record keeping has made it easier and less expensive to store data and search for information, yet this trend has had troubling implications for individual privacy and the security of personal data, explained Mariko Hirose, staff attorney for the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) during the “Privacy Toolkit for Librarians” seminar held on March 22 at Long Island’s Farmingdale Public Library (FPL). Co-sponsored by the Greater New York Metropolitan Area chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Long Island Library Resources Council, the half-day event included presentations by Hirose and Library Freedom Project director and 2015 LJ Mover & Shaker Alison Macrina, covering topics including electronic surveillance, records subpoenas, and ways in which libraries can protect their patrons.
Data visualization labs have become a hot trend in academic libraries, and with good reason. Visualization helps scholars interpret, describe, and communicate complex data sets such as census data, image collections, maps, or molecular models. Over the past few years large, high resolution displays have been appearing in academic libraries. These screens have been integrated […]
For library directors and planners, determining exactly what programs, services, and materials their patrons want can be like hunting for a mysterious treasure chest filled with priceless gems. They spend time and effort digging to unearth much-needed facts: Who uses the library most? Who is likely to support the library at the polls? What materials circulate frequently in a geographic area? What is the socioeconomic status of any given set of patrons? Accessing that cache cracks open endless possibilities for library development. Geographic information systems (GIS) just might be both the map and the key to that hidden treasure.
All things being equal, the simplest interlibrary loan (ILL) process is usually the best. That’s the idea behind Occam’s Reader, a software add-on for the OCLC ILLiad work flow solution that makes it possible for academic libraries to “loan” ebooks electronically to one another for easy access by students and researchers.
At Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom, users will soon have a novel means of consulting the catalog at the college’s Hugh Owen Library. Rather than typing their request, or asking a reference librarian, students can be led to the title they’re looking for by a robot with access to all of the library’s holdings.