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Libraries: Kick DRM Out!

DefectiveByDesign.org has announced an action against libraries that support DRM on their collections. Boston locals can join them this Saturday from 1pm to 3pm at the Boston Public Library's main branch...

Vista service pack 1 is coming

According to Wired online, Vista Service pack 1 will be officially "ruled" (or should be rolled) out in mid-March to those that choose to download updates themselves from the website and mid April to those with automatic updates. Is your library ready?

Proquest buys RefWorks

Courtesy of The Distant Librarian, ProQuest has bought RefWorks. While the press release says no external changes from a customer perspective, I can't help but wonder if there will be changes for those that manage the database.

Campaign to save WindowsXP

A campaign has been launched to save WindowsXP as Microsoft plans on stop selling new copies in June of this year.

EzProxy and OCLC

ResourceShelf posted that EZproxy, used to access services--such as databases, remotely, has been acquired by OCLC. Interestingly OCLC states that they will link EZproxy up to Worldcat.org to, in the words of the press release:

"Additionally, OCLC is planning to connect local instances of EZproxy to WorldCat.org, creating new value for licensees and their users. By surfacing EZproxy in WorldCat.org, end users outside of the library will have better access to library collections and services through WorldCat."

I wonder if this will require any extra work on those that use EZproxy.

9 Better, Cheaper Ways To Search Amazon

A nice post from The Consumerist: The Amazon home page has somewhere around 16 different sales pitches, and more unnecessary graphics than a MySpace page. Here are 9 money-saving ways to shop the site without waiting for another customized ad to render.

Springer partners with OCLC for MARC 21 records

Springer Science+Business Media (www.springer.com) has partnered with OCLC to provide MARC 21 Records for the Springer eBook Collection. MARC 21 Records, a standardized form of electronic cataloging records, is a requirement for correctly locating and navigating to online content from any library’s Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC). -- Read More

Library Software Manifesto

Roy Tenant's Library Software Manifesto is offered in an attempt to rationalize the relationship between libraries and library systems vendors, which is presently unhealthy. First done at a talk at the 2007 CODI Conference (Customers of Dynix, Inc.). his topic was a "library software manifesto" in which he would outline the rights and responsibilities of libraries and library software vendors.

Shelfari - Maybe Evil?

Well, this article did come from LibraryThing's blog, so I'm sure there might be some bias, but they are talking about the dubious email-a-friend practices of one of their competitors, Shelfari. Being against accidentally emailing everyone in my entire address book, I think I'll give them a miss. It is, however, also interesting to see LibraryThing's "take" on who their competitors are.

Interview With Beth Jefferson, BiblioCommons Founder

On this episode of Interviews with Innovators, Jon Udell's guest is Beth Jefferson, the founder of BiblioCommons. Her company's new software aims to transform public libraries' online catalogs into environments for social discovery of resources that are cataloged not only by librarians, but also by patrons.

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