News

Check out the September 1st issue of Library Journal (p. 30-32) for a discussion of XC in the article, “Baker’s Smudges” by Stanley Wilder, Associate Dean at the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries!

Our vision and plan for XC continues to evolve. What started as a vision for getting around the limitations of our local ILS now looks like a way to bring the potential of “Library 2.0″ to any library through open source applications - and makes the vision very exciting...

While on vacation in Ann Arbor earlier this month, I stopped in at Ann Arbor District Library to chat with John Blyberg about the exciting work that he’s been doing for the AADL website and catalog http://www.aadl.org/cat/seek/search using Drupal. John has a sidebar to an article in the September 1st issue of Library Journal (p. 32) about some software that he is developing to bring social networking into the library catalog (and the...

Anyone interested in conducting ethnographic studies in libraries may be interested in what I learned on the recent San Francisco trip. Among other activities, I had arranged to visit IDEO for a tour with Scott Underwood, long at IDEO and an excellent guide. I had told Scott that the reason for my visit was to see what IDEO might be doing that I could grab and apply to our studies of faculty member and student work practices and technology and space needs here at the University of R...

If a student is sitting on the floor and using a chair as a desk, you think about changing the furniture in your library. If your faculty members are mailing back-ups on CDs to their mother in Arizona, you think about providing them with an easier and safer alternative. These are two examples of how seeing and understanding a “workaround” provokes changes and new ideas in libraries.

We spend a lot of time studying our faculty members, students, and even our own librarians, an...

One of the questions that we need to answer during phase 1 of the XC project is whether or not there is a need for XC within the library community, and particularly within the academic library community. If there IS a need for an open source system such as XC, then we need to begin to build a community of interest around the project to ensure its success.

We need to hear from you - how do you see XC fitting in with the future of library systems? Is this a workable model? W...

XC is envisioned as an open-source system that libraries can download and install as an alternative way for users to access their resources.

We’re not out to build an entire ILS…but just the parts that will allow libraries more control over how their users access their resources. XC would work alongside the modules of an existing ILS that allow you to manage your resources (Acquisitions, Circulation, Cataloging, etc.) but could be used instead of the OPAC portion of the ILS...

One of our visions for XC is to bring together much of the exciting work that is being done in various institutions to improve users’ ability to access library resources of all kinds.

What are you and your institution working on that might be relevant to XC? Do you have software that you’d be willing to share with us? Or simply a vision for what you’d like to develop? Please tell us about it!

Welcome to the new XC website! Click on About XC to learn more.

These pages are under construction as of 5/21/06. Stay tuned.