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Talis exits the library automation industry to focus on the Semantic Web

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New article by Marshall Breeding published by Library Technology Guides:

In a move that allows Talis to concentrate on its growing semantic web business which has been its strategic focus in recent years, the company has divested its library automation unit to Capita Group, a large UK-based outsourcing company. Talis Information Limited, a business unit of Talis Group has been acquired by Capita Group, in a transaction valued at about $32 million dollars that closed on March 3, 2011. Capita Group ranks as one of the largest UK companies specializing in business process outsourcing and professional services. continue reading ...

Talis Information Limited

Mar 4, 2011 11:35:41
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Building Comprehensive Resource Discovery Platforms

Opening up Library Systems through Web Services and SOA?

My column for the March 2011 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter has been posted for online access on the ALA Tech Source Site. Access to this newsletter is limited to subscribers, but occasionally TechSource makes an article freely available.

One major trend in the library automation industry that I have been following in recent years is the evolution of discovery systems toward a model that provides access to a more comprehensive representation of library collections. A variety of products and projects have emerged with the ambitious goal of addressing the content represented in a library’s subscriptions to electronic resources in addition to the books and other materials managed in the integrated library system. continue reading...

Mar 17, 2011 10:01:42
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Come see Marshall Breeding at Computers in Libraries 2011

Computers in Libraries 2011

I'll be in Washington, DC soon for the annual Computers in Libraries conference, speaking on a variety of topics. Looking forward to seeing lots of friends and colleagues at the conference. Please feel free to track me down and introduce yourself. Here is my speaking schedule for the conference:

Web Managers Academy 3.0: Seamless Websites and Expanded Presence

Preconference workshop, Sunday March 20th

Darlene Fichter, Research Services Librarian, University of Saskatchewan
Jeff Wisniewski, Web Services Librarian, University of Pittsburgh
Marshall Breeding, Director for Innovative Technologies and Research, Vanderbilt University Library Technology Guides
Frank Cervone, Vice Chancellor for Information Services, Purdue University Calumet

User expectations of what a good website is and does are higher than ever. Users expect high-quality information and services to be available to them whenever and wherever they are, be it via their desktop, mobile device, or via social media channels. Administrators are increasingly seeking both qualitative and quantitative data from libraries to justify expenditures and focus. How can library web managers satisfy all of these demands? This workshop explores ways to take your website to the next level, turning it from a menu that leads users into a disjointed set of content repositories and services, to a unified service delivery platform which creates, deploys, and repurposes high-impact content and uses analytics to identify “friction points” on any website and in social media channels. Learn to deliver content and services to users beyond the library website through other channels like mobile and social media. Get tips, techniques, and strategies to help create a seamless and “frictionless” web experience. Learn to create, deliver and repurpose high-impact content. Know how to evaluate and measure the strengths and weaknesses of your website and social media and be prepared to positively face off with both users and stakeholders!

A201 Learning From Inspirational Libraries

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Marshall Breeding, Director, Innovative Technology and Research, Vanderbilt University

Libraries in different parts of the world carry out their work in all sorts of creative and interesting ways. While libraries worldwide hold some common traits such as creating, managing, and providing access to collections, each region of the world brings its distinct challenges and opportunities. How each makes use of technology, designs its physical facilities, or shapes its services informs us of new possibilities. Breeding shares the valuable and inspiring lessons he has had the opportunity to observe in his travels and helps to expand our thinking on what libraries are able to accomplish — often with very sparse resources. His photo essay gives a virtual visit in pictures while his stories entertain and inspire.

B202 Current OPACs & Next-Gen Systems

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Melissa Hofmann, Bibliographic Control Librarian,
Sharon Yang, Systems Librarian, Rider University
Marshall Breeding, Director, Innovative Technology and Research, Vanderbilt University

Look at a snapshot of the current state of public and academic OPACs and their pursuit of the next-generation catalog. The first presentation is based on an examination of 260 colleges and universities, about 10 percent in North America. This first-of-its-kind study rates 12 features of the nextgeneration catalog: single point of entry for all library resources, state-ofthe-art web interface, enriched content, faceted navigation, simple keyword search box with link to advanced search, relevancy, “did you mean” spell-checking, recommendations/related materials, user contributions, RSS feeds, integration with social networking sites, and persistent links. Hear the results and their implications. Breeding highlights the current state of public libraries and their implementation of next-gen systems.

B205 RFID: Technology and Applications

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Marshall Breeding, Director, Innovative Technology and Research, Vanderbilt University

As libraries consider investments in RFID-based equipment, such as selfcheck stations, anti-theft systems, automated material handling, or inventory control, it’s vital to have a solid understanding of the technology, standards, and best practices. Breeding gives an overview of the technology, some interesting applications enabled by RFID and addresses the issues and controversies brewing on the topic.

Adding Value in Our Communities: Dead & Innovative Tech

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. • International Ballroom East

RINGMASTER: D. Scott Brandt, Associate Dean for Research, Purdue University Libraries Stephen Abram, VP, Strategic Partnerships and Markets, Gale Cengage Learning Marshall Breeding, Director for Innovative Technologies and Research, Vanderbilt University Amanda Etches-Johnson, User Experience Librarian, McMaster University Sarah Houghton-Jan, Assistant Director, San Rafael Public Library Aaron Schmidt, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Washington, D.C., Public Library Bill Spence, VP, Information Technology, Information Today, Inc.

Join our famous evening of fun and learning. Hear from our authors, speakers and Computers in Libraries experts on their views of dead and innovative technologies affecting our libraries and communities now and as we create the future. This year, see if our speakers can give their presentations in a pecha kuchastyle lighting round! Open to all. Enjoy cookies, coffee, and lots of laughs.

Mar 17, 2011 10:42:00
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Don Hawkins blogged a summary of the CIL Tuesday Evening session Recreating the Information World: Dead and Innovative Technologies

Marshall Breeding Mar 27, 2011 10:21:08

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