April 15, 2014

David Rapp

About David Rapp

Associate editor David Rapp previously covered technology for Library Journal.

Discovery at Dartmouth

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The Ivy League university was a beta partner for the Summon discovery service in 2008. LJ asked Dartmouth administrators about their experiences on the cutting edge Visitors to the Baker-Berry Library, the largest library of Dartmouth College, in Hanover, NH, will be struck first by its size. It functions as the humanities and social sciences […]

OCLC Unveils Website for Small Libraries Beta Project

On February 14, OCLC announced a new beta cloud-based service, Website for Small Libraries (WSSL), with which libraries with fewer than 20,000 items in their collections may construct a low-cost, simple but dynamic website. Features include basic patron and inventory management, including checkouts, returns, holds, and renewals, among other functions.

Academics Object to Class Certification in Google Books Case

University of California, Berkeley, law professor Pamela Samuelson, on behalf of more than 80 academics, sent a letter on Monday to Judge Denny Chin asserting that academic authors should not be included as part of a class authorization in the high profile Google Books case, due to fundamental disagreements between the interests of academics and other types of authors.

Q&A: SirsiDynix CEO Bill Davison on Social Networking, Self-service, Mashups, and Ebooks in Libraries

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At LJ’s Virtual Tech Summit, “Power to the Patron: From Systems to Services,” held on December 8, librarians and tech experts took on an array of topics facing libraries, including social networking, self-service, mashups using application programming interfaces (APIs), and the future of integrated library systems (ILSs). Library automation company SirsiDynix was a platinum sponsor of the summit, and LJ asked its CEO, Bill Davison, to weigh in on the issues.

Serials Solutions’ Intota Library Management System in Development

During the recent American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, ProQuest unit Serials Solutions released the name of its in-development library management system: Intota. The system, set to be completed next year, aims to provide a unified, web-based tool for libraries to manage selection, acquisition, cataloging, discovery, and fulfillment for both print and electronic content.

California Digital Library Partners with Public Knowledge Project on Open-Access Software Development

The California Digital Library (CDL) on February 7 announced a “major development partnership,” on behalf of the University of California system, with the Public Knowledge Project to help develop its open-source software suite aimed at easing open-access journal publication. The CDL announcement comes as discussion of open access issues is resurging across academia.

RFID Company Bibliotheca Group Acquires Trion AG

Bibliotheca Group, the international library radio-frequency identification (RFID) equipment manufacturer headquartered in Switzerland, today announced the acquisition of Zurich-based Trion AG, a leading supplier of automated materials handling systems for libraries in Europe and the Middle East.

Academic Libraries in Europe, Middle East, Africa Adopt In-Development Sierra ILS

Libraries in 13 countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa—including several academic libraries in Spain, South Africa, Italy, the United Kingdom, Qatar, and others—have signed on to use Innovative Interfaces’ in-development integrated library system (ILS), the Sierra Services Platform, the company announced today.

ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy and LITA Award Library Technology Projects

On January 23, during the 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, the ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) announced three public library systems and one high-school library as the winners of its annual contest for projects using “cutting-edge technologies in library services.”

ALA Midwinter 2012 Tech Highlights: iPad Kiosks, Social Integration, Freading, and More

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At the 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, held January 20-24 in Dallas, LJ was on the exhibit floor taking a look at library tech companies’ latest wares. Here are a few of the highlights.