December 18, 2014

Michael Kelley

About Michael Kelley

Michael Kelley is the former Editor-in-Chief, Library Journal.

OverDrive and Sourcebooks to Launch Ambitious Ebook Data Experiment

OverDrive and Sourcebooks are preparing to launch an innovative and ambitious pilot program whose goal is to clearly demonstrate the impact libraries have on book sales and author recognition.

OverDrive sent a letter today to about 35,000 librarians worldwide and invited them to opt in to a program that will run from May 15 through June 1 and allow all participating libraries to feature simultaneously on their OverDrive home page, at no cost, a single title from Sourcebooks.

III’s New CEO Calls for Greater Collaboration

Kim Massana Innovative Interfaces Inc

Just under 1,000 library professionals gathered in San Francisco from April 24-26 eager and curious to learn about the latest product news from Innovative Interfaces and also to hear the company’s new leadership articulate the firm’s direction after a year of upheaval.

Simon & Schuster Launches Ebook Lending Program With NYC Libraries

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Simon & Schuster, the last remaining holdout among the Big Six publishers when it comes to library ebook lending, announced today it was launching a program with New York City libraries. The text of the press release follows and this story will update as more information becomes available: Simon & Schuster, together with The New […]

EnvisionWare Debuts Reporting Tool with Visualization Potential

EnvisionWare Debuts Reporting Tool with Visualization Potential

EnvisionWare, one of the largest providers of self-service products in the public library market, is preparing to ship this month a reporting tool that the company says will thread together and visualize data from its entire line of 22 products.

At COSUGI, SirsiDynix Touts New Cloud-Based System

At Cosugi, SirsiDynix Touts New Cloud-Based System

SIrsiDynix, one of the largest ILS companies, is poised to roll out a new system later this year that the company says will integrate its product lines in a cloud architecture.

Various aspects of the BLUEcloud Suite (BCS) have been discussed previously, and some products that it comprises–such as Enterprise, BookMyne, and Social Library–are already on the market. But, at the Cosugi conference held in Salt Lake City March 14-16, BCS was announced as a re-engineered technology stack and holistic brand that company officials say will become the architecture upon which the company will build its products in the future.

Overdrive Debuts New Datasets

OverDrive is in the initial stage of rolling out more robust data and reporting tools that company officials say will allow libraries to improve their services.

Palo Alto Library Makes Data Available Via an Open Platform

The Palo Alto City Library has made its statistical data available to the public via an open data platform recently implemented by the city. The city partnered with the cloud-based Junar Open Data Platform in order to increase public access to high value, machine-readable datasets generated by various service areas and departments, including the library. […]

Chicago Public Library Signs Deal With BiblioCommons

The Chicago Public Library has joined the list of major U.S. libraries that have signed on with Toronto-based BiblioCommons as its discovery provider. An investment from the Chicago Public Library Foundation made possible the three-year deal that was announced Saturday. Among the other libraries where Bibliocommons’s BiblioCore catalog is live are Seattle Public Library, Cleveland […]

ReadersFirst, Vendors Search for a New Lending Model

On a late rainy Monday afternoon at the end of the American Library Association’s Midwinter meeting, 39 leading librarians and library vendors gathered for about 90 minutes around a horseshoe-arrangement of tables on the fourth floor of the Seattle Public Library to discuss how to create a new lending experience. The group came together at […]

Edge Coalition Releases Tech Benchmarks for Public Libraries

The Edge Initiative released earlier this month the initial version of the benchmarks that it hopes libraries across the country will use to evaluate and measure their public access technology services. The group’s efforts were the subject of a panel at the ALA Midwinter meeting in Seattle on Saturday. The Edge Benchmarks Version 1,0 , […]