Blake at LISNews.com has gotten all three candidates for ALA President to agree to answer questions from LISNews readers. Post your questions here; Blake will filter and send tomorrow, so hurry up now. [note]: all questions have been sent to the candidates.
Ben writes: "Although The Alexandria Business Plan is filled with business speak (thanks to a well meaning business student) it is actually about creating an inter library card catalog & collaborative filtering network. There is also a link to comments on the plan."
Dew writes in: "An 'Ask Slashdot' query asks about the existance of 'Open Source software for maintaining a small to medium sized library card-catalog.' The library in question is about 5K volumes. Hilarity ensues." Hmm maybe the underground should take off hits for this one as ask /. links back to us... :P
If you're a librarian and you haven't thought through what napster means yet, get thinking. Many folks are perturbed about how easy it is to violate copyright using napster. "Docster: Instant Document Delivery" describes a napster-like system for libraries which builds copyright compliance in from the start.
Jeremy F. sent in a pointer to this piece at oreillynet.com, a transcript of everybody's friend Tim's talk entitled "Open Source: The Model for Collaboration in the Age of the Internet". The talk was delivered at Computers, Freedom and Privacy in Toronto last week. Besides being a good read, anyone who follows all the links in this piece and reads on will be pretty much up-to-date with many major open source goings-on.
There is now a place for you to post articles, whitepapers, opinion pieces, etc. related to oss4lib and Open Source projects for libraries. Anyone can post comments on your article, too. Click -articles- above, check it out.
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dashTomdot pointed out an article at Salon that asks the medical/legal question "Who's at fault when software fails?" It's a good reminder that the upper bound is never simply what is possible...
According to ARL SPEC Flyer #245, Electronic Reserves Operations in ARL Libraries, "23 libraries (59%) were using their own "home-grown" web-based systems." We've already seen two pop up here (OSCR and FreeReserves)...