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

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

Drupal, Google Calendars, and cool people

A friend was looking for a way to communicate with employees without having to send e-mails, since not everyone checks their e-mail regularly, or even thinks to check their e-mail these days.  All of the employees, however, work at a computer for at least part of the day.  Several months ago I had found a way to have the current day’s events listed on each computer’s desktop by using Windows Active Desktop, which will display a web page.  Unfortunately, IT people intervened after a couple months and disabled the Active Desktop feature on most of the computers. That left using Continue reading Drupal, Google Calendars, and cool people

Software Freedom Day 2008!

Software Freedom Day in Palm Beach County The Palm Beach County Linux User Group is proud to announce its third Software Freedom Day/Installfest as part of Software Freedom Day 2008, the biggest international celebration and outreach event for Software Freedom, with hundreds of teams from all around the world participating. The yearly event is a celebration of Software Freedom and why it is important. This year the Palm Beach County Linux User Group will be hosting the event at the West Boynton Branch Library, 9451 Jog Road, Boynton Beach, Florida, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 20, Continue reading Software Freedom Day 2008!