The months following the early-summer ALA Annual Conference tend to be slow ones for the library automation industry. The companies work hard on closing deals and polishing announcements that can be released at major conferences, such as the upcoming 2006 ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio. True to the trend, the months of July and August have seen only a trickle of news regarding major sales or product developments.
The few announcements include:
- Innovative’s sale of Millennium to the Las Vegas–Clark County Library District. The new Millennium system replaces the library’s existing DRA Classic system. Las Vegas–Clark County Library District will also be implementing Innovative’s Electronic Resource Management (ERM) System. Innovative also announced that a group of academic libraries in Hong Kong will be significantly expanding their resource sharing network based on the company’s INN-Reach software.
- The University of Mittweida in Germany has selected Ex Libris’s ALEPH 500 to replace its aging LIBERO automation system. The library will also implement SFX eXpress, the vendor-hosted version of the company’s link server software. Also in Germany, the University Center of North Rhineland-Westphalia, a consortium of academic libraries, will implement Ex Libris’s DigiTool 3.0 in support of new digital library projects.
- SirsiDynix is beginning to see early sales of its new Corinthian automation system for academic libraries. The University of Huddersfield will upgrade from an existing Horizon system, and a consortium of libraries in Catalonia, Spain, will implement Corinthian. Unicorn sales for the period include the Westfield Public Library in Indiana, the Chester College of New England in New Hampshire, and the Heartland Regional Library System in Missouri.