|Weekly News Digest
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Sirsi and Dynix Announce Merger
Sirsi Corp. (http://www.sirsi.com) and Dynix Corp. (http://www.dynix.com) announced that the two companies are merging to create SirsiDynix, a single company that will provide information technology solutions for libraries and consortia around the world. With detailed planning already being undertaken jointly, the two companies will integrate their worldwide operations. According to the announcement, representatives from both companies are working together to make strategic decisions regarding all aspects of the company's future. Integration and strategic planning for the new company are to be completed in 4Q 2005.
The companies have already decided on a strategy to continue full development and support of the Unicorn and Horizon 8.x/Corinthian integrated library system (ILS) platforms as well as the appointment of Sirsi CEO Patrick C. Sommers as chief executive of the new company and the appointment of Dynix CEO Jack Blount as a consultant responsible for completing development of Horizon 8.x/Corinthian and as a member of the company's board of directors. Customers' day-to-day contacts with SirsiDynix sales, service, and support organizations remain unchanged.
Users of SirsiDynix legacy systems—sites running Dynix, DRA Classic, and MultiLIS systems—will also continue to be supported, just as they were prior to the merger. The company will work with these customers to chart an upgrade path that works best for them, in terms of both technology and timing.
Source: Sirsi Corp.
OCLC Begins Pilot Project on E-Serials
OCLC (http://www.oclc.org) will begin a pilot project later this month that will make it easy to find and use full-text electronic journals in library collections. The pilot will involve 20 libraries and four partners—TDNet, EBSCO, Serials Solutions, and Ex Libris. The pilot will make e-serials visible in WorldCat and will expose those records to searchers on the open Web through the Open WorldCat program. The pilot is expected to last 4 months.
During the pilot, OCLC will receive monthly holdings statements representing the e-serials collections of participating libraries from partners in the pilot or, in some cases, directly from the libraries. OCLC will automatically set and maintain those holdings in WorldCat, the OCLC online union catalog, on behalf of the participating libraries. This collaboration will allow pilot libraries to efficiently contribute their e-serials collections to WorldCat and ensure that these holdings are current and accurate. Pilot libraries will also register their OpenURL resolvers with OCLC, which will allow authenticated end users to easily access full-text online content.
ebrary Introduces Perpetual Access Option
ebrary (http://www.ebrary.com), a leading information services and technology provider, announced that, in addition to subscription databases of content from leading publishers, it is now offering a growing selection of online books under a perpetual access model. ebrary currently offers thousands of online books under the perpetual access model from publishers including Taylor & Francis, McGraw-Hill, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Brill Academic Publishers. The titles cover a wide range of subject areas geared toward students and professions.
Libraries have two choices for purchasing ebrary's perpetual access titles. They may pay a fee over list price to provide patrons with simultaneous, multi-user access, or pay list price for single-user access. ebrary's single-user access model does not require check-out or check-in like most e-book products on the market. If an online book is available, a patron may instantly access it. If a document is in use, the patron will be placed in a queue and notified once it becomes available. ebrary's online books can be cross-referenced, are full-text searchable, and integrate with a library's ILS system and online subscription databases. Additionally, ebrary provides reporting tools that show how content is being used while protecting end-user privacy.
ebrary also announced that it has added more than 500 titles to its Public Library Complete subscription database and has revised its pricing structure to make it more affordable to the public library community. Libraries subscribe under a tiered pricing structure based on population served.
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