Automation and Small Libraries, and CornerThing

The situation hasn’t really changed in the world of library automation since last year’s post.  Libraries find what works for them, given their  economic and human resources.  What is different, is a new tool, developed with some virtual interns.  I call it CornerThing, because I’m not very creative with names. I’ve got these small libraries (American Corners), where, for some of them, their “automation” consists of massive spreadsheets.  And LibraryThing.  Checkouts are still done by hand on cards.  They compile reports by hand, going through the cards each month, to send to me, or one of my colleagues.  It seemed Continue reading Automation and Small Libraries, and CornerThing

Automation and small libraries – first look

It’s kind of amazing to me that after over fifteen years in this business, I’m looking at a situation that pretty much hasn’t changed for small libraries looking for an automation system.  There wasn’t much available for them at a reasonable cost back then, and there is even less today.  Go ahead. Show me where I’m wrong. Seriously, a small library, a small public library, one that is supported, sometimes begrudgingly, by (too often non-existent) local public funds, does not have a lot to spend on annual fees for a library automation system.  They have even less to spend on a Continue reading Automation and small libraries – first look

Creating a Comparison Matrix

Charles Bailey has published a very helpful bibliography (Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography, v.1), from which the resources below were gleaned.  In addition, I have been adding resources to Mendeley, a research management tool: Digital Curation, Digital Library Best Practices & Guidelines, Digital Library Systems, and Metadata. Archival Management Software, A Report for the Council on Library and Information Resources, January, 2009 Wiki updates to Archival Management Software report to CLIR (above) Choosing a System for Managing Your Image Collection (from JISC), 2007 Collection Management and Creation Strategies for UC Special Collections and Archives, Summary and Features Matrix (pdf document, Continue reading Creating a Comparison Matrix

Comparing Digital Library Systems

I am currently evaluating options for implementing a digital library.  It’s an ongoing process. :o)  Since there are probably more proprietary systems out there, I’m hoping people will leave comments letting me know about them (same thing for open source).  I’ll post the charted results when I’m done (hopefully in the near future). There are several digital asset management systems for digital libraries. On the proprietary side (closed source) there are (this is not an exhaustive list): ContentDM (OCLC): software that handles the storage, management and delivery of library digital collections to the Web DigiTool (ExLibris) Archivalware (PTFS): a web-based, Continue reading Comparing Digital Library Systems