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Library Technology NOW

This is the Library Technology NOW blog where the web producers update LTN members on what is happening with the project. The blog contributors will also highlight interesting Library Technology News for the library community as a whole.

Updated: 2018-02-15T01:41:17.279-07:00


Most reliable search tool could be your librarian


I read about this article on Library Stuff. It is written by CNet, a mainstream tech website. It does a nice job of explaining why Search Engines are not the total solution to patron's informational needs. I love this quote.

"There's a problem with information illiteracy among people. People find information online and don't question whether it's valid or not," said Chris Sherman, executive editor of industry blog site "I think that's where librarians are extremely important. They are trained to evaluate the quality of the information."

I taught several Internet courses over the last eighteen months at Texas Woman's University. These students were in PHD courses and many did not think to question information found on the web. I am sure my students are a good sampling of the general public. If public libraries adopt any role in the community, it should be to teach patrons about information literacy. How do you find the information online and how do you judge its credibility? If you are not offering classes like this, you should be.

Internet Explorer Issue


Let me just say this: Super Tuesday from Microsoft just came a little Early.

Microsoft has forgone it's once a month patch release to issue a critical Internet Explorer patch, available now. The issue at hand is that there are already around 3000 websites infecting users that aren't patched.

I strongly recommend that you run your microsoft update tonight.

Article in Network World:

Web 2.0 and Library 2.0


I just read an excellent article summarizing Web 2.0 and its implications for library services ("Library 2.0") by Jack Maness at I really like the implied "what's in it for me?"emphasis for libraries. I think Web 2.0 has great implications for us, both good and bad. However, the message in this article is very positive... for anyone still worried that libraries will become obsolete thanks to the Internet, this article shows how we can change or adapt existing services while embracing Web 2.0 technologies. Great job, Mr. Maness!

Ex Libris to be acquired by Francisco Partners


I just saw this posted on the Library Technology Guides blog at Ex Libris is an Israeli company... given recent events in their part of the world, I can't help but wonder whether this decision is related to the conditions there, or if it's just a coincidence.

Library Technology NOW 2.0


Wikipedia describes Web 2.0 in the following manner:

The term Web 2.0 refers to a second generation of services available onthe World Wide Web <> thatlets people collaborate and share information online.

Would it not be great to have a Web 2.0 application available forLibrary Technology? A Web 2.0 Online Social Site devoted to what welove and where people can go to discuss their library technology projects, share with each other about their library technology and collaborate on library technology projects.

Well, now one exists and we are asking you. Using the free services of, the LTN Editorial Board is proud to announce the release of its betaWeb 2.0 applications.

1. Go to
2. Click on Sign Up on the right hand side of the page. This is where you can sign you up for a Ning account. They ask you for an ID,password, your email and zip code. You can also input a photo ofyourself. Once you have signed up, you can use any of the Ningapplications. They are hundreds and some of them are really quite good.

All of this should only take you about five to ten minutes to complete. I would then ask each of you to use the site frequently. Online Social Networks only work if people contribute andshare.

Libraries are facing difficult times in this new technological age andwe need to come together to make it easier on all of us. Let's us all do nothing in isolation and share what we know with each other.

Microsoft Office 2007


Microsoft Office 2007, slated for release (hopefully) in 2007, has added a suite of the Office softwares that is between the Enterprise Edition (typically large scale business and Higher Education) and the Personal Edition for small business and home use. According to the article linked here, this "Office Ultimate 2007" priced under $700, will be available for the "SOHO" market. Depending on your needs, this package may fit the needs of small to medium Libraries. No information yet on upgrade options or costs, if any.

Scan a 1000 pages an hour with the Atiz BookDrive


The company claims that it can scan a 1000 pages an hour. The cost is reasonable at $3499.

Atiz has now introduced the Atiz BookDrive DIY, which sells for a more affordable $3,499, but still does scan 1,000 book pages per hour. You need to provide though one or two Canon digital SLR cameras to make it work. Currently this book scanner supports the Canon EOS 350D, 20D, 30D, 5D and 1D Mark II.

Here is the company website.

Read more (I4U News)

Dell and Google Reach Agreement


Dell and Google have joined together. Dell will be installing certain Google Desktop software on over 100 million of its new computers.

In a potential blow to Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT - news) , Google will incorporate its desktop software which integrates a number of personal computing applications, a Google tool bar and a co-branded Internet homepage on Dell computers, one person said.

As many of this blog's readers know, I had a horrible experience with Google Desktop search. I rely heavily on Microsoft Desktop search instead. I really hate this arrangement. I often recommend Dell computers to libraries, but after this I might begin to look in other places.

Read more(Reuters)

Pending Law may affect technology use in Libraries


Further filtering may be required by law in your library in the near future.

More here:

Managing software licenses


The ISO (International Standards Organization) has agreed to standards on software asset management - what this means to you is that there will be specific actions/software standards you can set for your library to ensure that you are managing your software licenses properly.

More on this here:

Should the Internet Remain Neutral?


Tim Wu of the Columbia Law School wrote this interesting article about recent movement in Washington to allow Internet providers to give special treatment to companies that pay a "toll". For example, Google could negotiate a deal with AT&T to allow their users easy access to Gmail while Yahoo users would be pushed to a second-tier.

The cable firms and the Bells have (to their credit, but under pressure) sworn off blocking Web sites. Instead, they propose to carve off bandwidth for their own services—namely, television—and, more controversially, to charge selected companies a toll for "priority" service. FCC Chairman Kevin Martin thinks there is nothing wrong with that. But critics say technological prioritization and degradation are the same thing—that given limited room on the network, whoever isn't prioritized is by implication degraded.

The American Library Association has caught wind of this activity and has joined a wide variety of organizations to fight Congress on this development. Here is a quote from the main page of the colloborative effort.

Congress is pushing a law that would abandon the Internet's First Amendment -- a principle called Network Neutrality that prevents companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from deciding which Web sites work best for you -- based on what site pays them the most. Your local library shouldn’t have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to have its Web site open quickly on your computer.

Check it out at If you feel so obliged, you can write Congress to express your reservations.

MetaData Standard


Storage Networking Industry Standard has announced the development in progress of using metadata as the standard. What does this means to Libraries? Software developers, such as FX, (a journal database interface that locates articles within independant subscriptions and creates a direct link to that article), use metadata to locate the pertinent information to create those links.

With a standard developed, we can expect more 3rd party software such as FX that will improve access to multiple databases, interfaces, search engines, and probably a few that haven't been invented yet.

The article is here:

LTN Website Updated!


We have updated the website in preparation for the 2006 TLA Conference in Houston. Take a look....

Are e-books making a comeback?


Recent developments in e-books, including new expectations from Sony, may be drawing attention to new possibilities - or at least fulfilling old expectations that were never met.

A couple articles are here for you review:

Code for a Cause


Check out this posting I made at the North Texas Regional Library System Blog.

LTN April Newsletter


Here is a copy of the newsletter I sent out this morning:We’re Back!!!For those that wondered about the death of Library Technology NOW, let this newsletter serve as a notice that the project is still alive. We are in the midst of reevaluating its purpose and approach so hopefully you will see some changes in the upcoming months to the website as we reinvent ourselves. We still have our blog to update you on news relevant to library technology. In addition, we have decided to reintroduce this monthly newsletter. Hopefully between the two of them, you can feel a part of the LTN community. What changes should you expect to see in Library Technology NOW?We promise not to change the peer-reviewed articles. However, we realize that LTN can grow as an online community so look for some Web 2.0 features in the next year. Some of the possibilities include:This or That – A comparison application where two technologies can face off against each other. People vote on their preferred choice. Each week LTN will designate a This or That champion. Review It – A less structured approach to the Library Technology reviews. We will open these reviews up to all LTN users and rate the products listed. Wishlist – This will be a place where people can leave wishes for library technology. Hopefully, some of these wishes will come true. Question and Answer. – If you have a question about Library Technology, this would be the place it and see if a colleague can answer it. All of these apps will be built using an open source provider of Web 2.0 applications. We need PHP developers to assist us with this project. If you are interested in helping us to plan and develop the Web 2.0 features, please email Adam Wright at as he will be putting a committee together to work out the details. What happened to the Spring Theme?No one submitted a query to write for the Spring Theme, which was about Web Technologies, so the Editorial Board decided to cancel this issue. Adam Wright is going to write a review on Content Management Systems which will appear on the page before the end of April.LTN FundingWe are happy to announce that LTN has received a donation of $1500 from the North Texas Regional Library System. This money will be used for publicity and stipends for writers. Thanks NTRLS!Future Themes.LTN will have two additional themes for this year. In June, we will cover WiFi Technologies. In October, Convergence Storage Technologies will be reviewed. If you are interested in writing for these two themes, please go the LTN website and click on How to Write for LTN. For these two themes, writers will be paid a stipend of a $100 for their efforts. LTN Marketing at Texas Library Association ConferenceMany members of the LTN community are also members of the Texas Library Association’s Automation and Technology Round Table so this RT will doing some publicity to get people interested in writing for the Summer and Fall Themes. If you are going to TLA, look for the pink pencils at the ATRT booth in the Exhibit Hall.LTN Editorial BoardThe Editorial Board is seeking new members for the 2006-2007 year. If you are interested in serving, please contact Adam Wright, President-Elect. We will have our officer elections at the August 2006 Meeting. Usability TestingThis summer, we plan to conduct usability testing of the current LTN website. If you are interested in participating, watch for a call for volunteers later this spring.[...]

Internet Explorer compromise


It has been reported and confirmed that a "malware" (malicious software) has been posted on the internet to allow hackers to utlize the most recent and yet unpatched flaw in Internet Explorer. A patch is expected Super Tuesday.

This article explains more, with a solution that disables a portion of Internet Explorer.

E-Eye Digital Security has released a temporary patch, for those who need the portion of Internet Explorer that would be disabled as described above. This patch is not tested or approved/encouraged by Microsoft, however, my personal experience with E-Eye Digital Security has been very positive.

DVDs: The Next Generation


Every few years, it seems like we have to go something like this.

"But if you thought you could just sit back and enjoy the high-quality DVD presentation, you were sadly mistaken. It's time to open up those wallets again and get a trash bag ready for your DVD collection.

In one corner, there's the Blue-ray format and in the other, HD DVD. Both are new kinds of DVDs that can hold massive files for high-definition versions of movies."

Read more(ABC)

Internet Explorer changes create bumpy ride


Internet Explorer's next major patch will cause web surfers a bumpy ride. If you have security settings on you public stations, this new change may effect patron ability to use the stations. Depending on how locked out your systems are, the new requirement (because of a lost law suit over patents with EOLA), Internet Explorer will give you a pop up box dialog each time you deal with Quicktime or Flash components.

More here:

New Trojan virus


This particular trojan is being called a "Trojan Hearse", because it includes a rootkit. Rootkits can be virtually undetectable on a computer. To be more specific, this Trojan Hearse only monitors your computer for user id/password information, passively viewing the data, and then sending the information to a server in Russia. The server is unsecure, and continues to receive the data even after the ISP was notified of the situation. To make matters worse, the data is not secure, and is openly viewable by anyone knowing the server IP address.

You can find out if you are infected by looking for some files on your computer. More specific information is available at this link:

GMail Update


I can say that the Gmail has been a very positive experience for me. The question has become, how does one justify the move of a private e-mail account from one to another, and how do you deal with all the headache?

Professionally it's easier to justify if you take a new job. I might add it's easier to motivate yourself. But for a personal account, well, do you even remember where all you've used the e-mail account at? Bill paying, on-line news or journals, club memberships, e-bay or online retail stores. Is G-mail worth the move privately? I've only had my personal e-mail account with Hotmail for 7 years, and I can't bring myself to do it.

I had decided to switch - but when I started to write down everywhere that I would have to log on and make the change - it was overwhelming. No way to automate that (yet).

It is an excellent back up though.

Microsoft Vista is just around the corner


Depending on your primary patron needs, when Vista is released you may consider upgrading your operating system. Question is, will your existing hardware support this new behomoth?

The first article I've found that discusses the reality is here.

Another Internet Explorer Alternative


Here is an interesting post from TechCrunch about Maxthon, a very popular browser in Asia.

Founded by the very young and brilliant Jeff Chen in 2003 in China (under MyIE name), Maxthon became very quickly popular in Asia (awarded last year in Red Herring Asia ) and all over the world. The big difference with other browsers is that Maxthon is based on IE code which makes the software very familiar from the beginning but with a few twists. Unlike IE, it is very fast, safe and very stable and brings a unique browsing experience as it enables you to customize nearly any part of the software. Like Firefox, Maxthon brings tab browsing, embedded RSS and podcast reader (a very cool one), search bar… but without necessity to add any extension.

I am going to download this software and report on it here. Check back for details. Has anyone else tried this browser?

Google Deskop - Day 19


I am sorry to say that I had to uninstall Gooble Desktop today. My laptop was performing very slowly. I tracked down the issue with Yahoo Messenger so I uninstalled it and reinstalled it. However, for whatever reason, it still frooze my system. I then noticed my Outlook having some connection issues. Both of these issues were brand new and I need both applicaitons to work effectively. What had changed? It then hit me. I had installed Google Desktop. Although it pained me to do so, I uninstalled the software and now everything is back to normal. I am now going to try some other desktop searching apps to see how they perform. I will record my observations as time allows.

Laptops loosing power too quickly?


A newly revealed flaw that has existed for some time now with Microsoft software, will drain laptop batteries quickly while using USB 2.0 additions. The flaw was reported to vendors, but not to the public. If you've noticed your laptops, or have complaints about the batteries not lasting as long as expected, don't replace the battery just yet.

A patch should be released soon to resolve the issue. It involves most Intel processors, more on that with this article in Network World: