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Fear and loathing in Seattle

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Having attended the annual SLA conference for 17 years, I thought Seattle was excellent. About on par with the last time the show was in Seattle. Hmmm, maybe it's something in the city's air.

One observation from the conference was that there seemed to be a general feeling that attendees were either really excited about social media and the transforming role it will play in advancing the world of knowledge management, or threatened by the lack of control implied by these technologies.

These feelings are reminiscent of the initial reaction to Web technologies, and the fear and apprehension felt by special librarians worried about disintermediation.

With the advent of the Web, many librarians felt their role as "information middlemen" would be compromised, and the fact that everything is now available on the Internet seemed to threaten the fundamental underpinnings of disciplined research and library science.

Responding to this great new medium in the special library market, content publishers created lavish new Web-based user interfaces so they could sell more content directly to knowledge workers. The hope is that the world would move to this view:



In reality, this vision did come to pass in some places, such as purchasing books online (Amazon.com), real-time news (RSS), and basic business information access (Hoovers). But for the professional knowledge worker, the result looked more like this:



Most knowledge workers can't live in this world because they don't want to manage relationships with 10 vendors, learn the search syntax of 10 content repositories, and all the other responsibilities needed.

The result was the role of the special librarian became more important -- not less -- and those who embraced this new technology put themselves and the organizations they supported at the forefront of a great new opportunity: the opportunity to create the virtual library.

The result was this picture:



This broader view allows an organization to centrally manage information subscriptions. It also lets information specialists manage the information flow, and add value to that flow by doing things such as adding new, high-quality information sources and removing low quality resources.

This means knowledge workers get a one-stop shop for critical information. The result: greater organizational impact.

My next post will discuss how the dread of social media is similar to the dread of disintermediation, and why and how librarians can flourish in a world of user generated content by creating and managing a Social Knowledge Network. So stay tuned!

Social Knowledge Network sparks industry buzz

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KnowledgeBusiness.com just covered our latest Inmagic Social Knowledge Network news. Take a look at the article, and learn more about how Inmagic is fusing knowledge management with social media.

EContent features Inmagic news

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The latest Inmagic news appeared in a brief from EContent. Make sure you check it out.

A magical week at SLA

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From the moment I arrived at the 2008 SLA conference, I knew this year was going to be different. We had a new Web site and blog, a new booth, an exciting social knowledge networks strategy to unveil, new products, great promotions, and a record number of customers in attendance.

We did our research on market trends and new social media technologies, and engaged industry pundits. Our lighthouse accounts were telling us we were on to something, and anxiously awaited release of our next version of Presto. But I still didn’t know what to expect. How would the market at large react? How would the media? And most important, our large base of customers?

Once our customers, such as RV Anderson and NASA, gave presentations, word started to spread that something interesting was happening at Inmagic. For me, the highlight of the conference came when Paula Hane, News Bureau Chief of Information Today Inc., stopped by the booth to learn first hand about “the new Inmagic” and what the buzz was all about.

Paula has known Phil Green, our CTO, for a long time, and has followed Inmagic for years. We shared fond memories of Betty Eddison, our founder who was instrumental in shaping SLA. Betty passed away several years ago, but those who knew her said she would have been very proud of her company and the promise of our future as we embrace social media and the new generation of special libraries and knowledge management it will enable.

Paula couldn’t have stopped by at a better time. There was a session break and traffic in the exhibit area was high. Our magician had attracted a crowd in front of our booth, and we had several demonstrations running with clusters of people hovering over the monitors seeing first hand what a social knowledge management system looked like or taking a look at Genie on DB/Text.

Thanks for stopping by Paula! And thanks for sharing your impressions and reactions with your readership. Take a look at her blog post as she shares her own thoughts of Inmagic.

The title of our Strategic Technical Alliances presentation, “Socializing the Library -- Future Vision or Reality?,” seems very apropos now that SLA is behind us. I’m happy to report that the answer is now clear ... reality!

See you all at next year’s SLA Conference in Washington, DC!

Sounding off from SLA

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Take a look out your window. See that? The dust has finally settled over SLA! (Much to Mike's enjoyment. ;)

Now that we've had a chance to get back to our inboxes and keyboards, we're putting together our retrospective coverage of the event. We've got audio. We've got video. We've got pics. We've got the scoop!

Today we sent several hours of video to our video editor to start breaking down our footage. There's quite a mix of subjects, including Phil's presentation of the new Presto, and interviews with Inmagic customers and partners, as well as Phil and Mike doing improv.

We captured the magic of the official Inmagic magician, Seffan Soule, who wowed the crowd at our booth with his card tricks. If all goes well (fingers crossed), we should have the first video posted here this week.

We also conducted some one-on-one podcasting with SLA attendees. Here's the first one out of the oven: our interview with Amy Maule. She's a librarian for CH2M Hill in the company's Portland office, and we caught up with her at the customer reception at the end of the day.

We chatted about how librarians are putting a twist on reaching out to and supporting patrons. Her organization also uses DB/Text (now in the process of upgrading from version 9 to 11) and Web Publisher Pro, and she talks about how her organization uses them.

Listen now by clicking the player, below, or download to your iPod of MP3 player by clicking this post's title.









Thanks, Amy, for taking time out of your busy day to speak with us! And readers, keep your eye on the blog (or subscribe) to keep up with our post-event coverage of SLA. You can also bookmark this link or click the tag "SLA Conference 2008" to pull up all of our show coverage.

Inmagic Presto in KMWorld

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I just want to thank KMWorld, who wrote up a small article about our newest social knowledge management platform, Presto.

Reflections on the SLA conference

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Now that SLA is over and I'm back in the office, I thought I'd share some reflections on the conference.

My favorite event of the week was the customer appreciation reception we held on Tuesday evening. It was so gratifying to have a room filled with happy people. So filled, in fact, that we were literally rubbing elbows with our customers.

It was a treat to be able to meet with customers from as far away as New Zealand, and others who have been using Inmagic products for as long as 20 years. If that doesn't make you feel good, I don't know what will.

I spoke to a number of customers at the reception about how they felt the conference was going, and what sessions they liked the most. One of these conversations really stuck out in my mind.

A client from New York said she attended a session about Web 2.0 and social media. The speaker was eloquent and very knowledgeable, but after the session she was left with the lingering question, "How am I ever going to use this?"

And this customer wasn't the only one with doubts. It seemed to a common theme with other librarians and knowledge networkers throughout SLA. Social media was discussed throughout the conference, but how does it apply to their catalogs or other databases they are building and/or publishing on the Web?

I think think this image on Philipp Keller's blog sums up the history of social tagging nicely. Maybe the library space is in the "Peak of Gum Flapping about Library 2.0." But where is the beef?

I believe we need to move the conversation to the next level -- "the slope of enlightenment?" -- and focus on the following questions:
  • How can I use these techniques to make my organization more productive?
    How can I integrate these technologies tightly with my OPAC?
  • How will the integration of these technologies help my organization, and how will it affect my job?
  • What is the librarian's role in building strategically critical knowledge repositories that use and leverage KM as well as social media techniques?
I want to explore some of these issues over the next few days, weeks, and months. Let me know your reactions to the conference and all the Web/library/social 2.0 hype.

SLA afterglow

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Mike and I are stuck in Atlanta for another two hours, so I thought I'd use the time to share a few highlights of the SLA show. It was a great success on all fronts!

Our customers were terrific, the new social knowledge networks messaging was spot on, our new graphics looked great, and booth traffic was strong. Our PR agency was working overtime to ensure great coverage, and the results exceeded expectations. (See the fantastic Information Today blog.)

With support from our partner, Andornot, the Inmagic customer reception was very well attended. So much so, it was standing room only with spill-over into the hall. We had some outstanding presentations to new and current prospects, thanks to Jeff Wolfe of NASA and Terri Zimmer at R.V. Anderson and Associates Limited (RVA).

Our very own magician, Steffan Soule, made this event an exciting way to launch the second half of 2008. Yes, I was a bit skeptical at first about the magician, but he was truly amazing. He had the Inmagic story down cold, and completely integrated our value proposition into his tricks. He also seemed genuinely excited about turning over interesting prospects to our sales staff. Thanks, Steffan!

And, as if the above wasn't exciting enough, those of us in Seattle had the privilege of watching one of our long-time leaders spin cartwheels in the street. Who knew Mr. Green had such hidden talent?

More updates to follow at the company meeting, but I urge you to check in with the show attendees for their perspectives. Everyone did a great job of working the booth, interacting with prospects and clients, and making us "the buzz of the show" according to a prospect in our booth.

Please join me in thanking the show staff (Mike, Gina, Jean, Phil, Jason, Stephen V., Ryan, Kevin, Kipo), as well as those that provided support before, during, and after the event (Liz, John R., Kathy, Stephen G., Matt D., and Carolyn), and any others I might have missed.

SLA 2008 was a great milestone event for Inmagic, and the cherry on top was an amazing Celtic's win! The Fox Sports Grill was a great venue at which to watch the Celtic’s trounce L.A., and it was great to share the excitement with many East Coast neighbors. The Copyright Clearing Center team deserves a special shout out. We were booth neighbors, and we loved those "WE BEAT L.A.!" t-shirts.

The week would have ended perfectly if Mike and I weren't stuck in Atlanta with a delayed arrival time of 2:30 this morning. But c'est la vie. I just love business travel!

See you all tomorrow.

D.

Notes from the SLA floor

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Hello everybody! Bridget here from the Inmagic PR team. I just checked in with our Inmagic team on the SLA floor, and everything seems to be going great!

As you already heard from Mike, the past few months have been a real whirlwind, but SLA is finally here. The team has already seen some fascinating presentations, and they sent me their notes on RV Anderson's recent demonstration.

RVA's Kirsten Warren and Terri Zimmer talked about their white paper, "Engineering KM 2.0: Disturbing the Status Quo." They told us all about RVA's new information and knowledge management initiative, and how they got there.

The team at RVA was at an information impasse. They were at a loss as to what to do with all of their information. Engineering is a knowledge-based profession, after all. The solution to their problem didn’t just require technology, it needed “open sharing” of information and the tools for knowledge transfer.

RVA's wish list of features: Easy to use, Web 2.0 capable, intuitive, little IT support, customizable, and secure. RVA did a thorough software evaluation, and found that different packages could do separate pieces, but they were hard pressed to find one that met all of their needs.

Then they found Inmagic Presto. Presto is based on passive SQL, .Net, and XML. It has active settings and multi-level security; and users don't need to be trained in HTML or programming. For RVA, it was truly a platform they could use to grow and develop.

RVA found Presto easy to use and totally intuitive. All in all, implementation was a “really positive experience.” The system has external RSS feeds and alerts, and it's highly customizable. We were also pleased to hear that RVA is excited for the new version of Presto so they can take advantage of the embedded blogs, tagging, Wiki fields, and ratings.

That's all from me for now, but be sure to come back as I'll be posting more SLA news as it takes place.

Inmagic Forming Customer Advisory Panel

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All the news that's fit to post. Here's the final news release we issued at the SLA 2008. It could be said this is the most important one, because there's nothing more valuable than working hand-in-glove with our customers and industry leaders.
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Inmagic Forming Customer Advisory Panel

Panel aims to fuel product innovation and thought leadership

Woburn, Mass. (PRWEB) June 18, 2008 -- Influencers and leading organizations across industries and are uniting to provide counsel and critical feedback on Inmagic's direction, technology, products and service offerings, Inmagic officials announced today at the Special Libraries Association 2008 Industry Conference. The formation of this Customer Advisory Panel is part of Inmagic's new strategic direction, which was also announced this week at SLA 2008.

The Inmagic Customer Advisory Panel will initially be comprised of several Inmagic lightship accounts across industries, and early adopters of Inmagic's new generation social knowledge management platform, Inmagic® Presto. It will be chaired by Phil Green, the company's Chief Technology Officer.

Inmagic's base of 5,000 clients worldwide, which includes 60 members of the Fortune 100, 18 of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies, 87 of the top 100 legal firms, and seven of the top financial services firms in America. Marquee Inmagic customers include NASA, Newsweek, Frito-Lay, American Heart Association, Cephalon, Johns Hopkins University, Paramount Pictures, RV Anderson.

"The rapid adoption of social media technologies is changing the way our customers and the industry look at knowledge management," says Green. "Innovative and high-impact products must start with customers' needs. These needs have to be used as a road map to innovate, while at the same time grounding what we do at the forefront. Our new Customer Advisory Panel will help us strengthen that approach by engaging a vocal and representative set of customers early in the planning and throughout the development process of our next-generation products."

Paul J. Puzzanghera, CEO of Inmagic, adds: "As we embark on this new and exciting journey, we won't be sailing alone. We will be driven by our decades of expertise, guided by the needs of the most demanding customers we can find, and challenged by critical input from top industry experts. This is a formula that will forge a shared vision; and accelerate us to a greater, shared success."

The Inmagic Customer Advisory Panel will be fully constituted by Sept. 1, and will hold its first meeting shortly thereafter. It is expected that there will be regular information sharing sessions with the group as a whole, and among participating organizations.

About Inmagic
Since 1983, Inmagic has helped companies rapidly capture, organize, share, manage, and exploit their collective wisdom. Over 5,000 companies in 100 countries use Inmagic's Presto, Genie, and DB/Text to forge social knowledge networks that connect their people and information to gain unprecedented insight into customers, markets, competitors, research, intellectual property, and more. Find out how much your company really knows. Visit Inmagic at http://www.inmagic.com/.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, press only: Kate Ritchie, Gregory FCA, 610.622.2968 or Mike Cassettari, Inmagic, Inc., 781.287.6225

Press resources
Press room: http://www.inmagic.com/news/press_room/press_releases.html
RSS feed: http://inmagicinc.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Web site: http://www.inmagic.com/index.html
Blog: http://blog.inmagic.com/
Company fact sheet: http://www.inmagic.com/company/Inmagic-At-A-Glance.pdf
Executive bios: http://www.inmagic.com/company/mgmt.html

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Inmagic Launches New Web Strategy

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And still more hot Inmagic news from the Special Libraries Association Conference 2008.
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Inmagic Launches New Web Strategy

Blog and updated Web site part of Inmagic's new company launch

Woburn, MA (PRWEB) June 17, 2008 -- Inmagic today launched the company's first blog, at http://blog.inmagic.com/. The blog will be a resource for organizations looking for expert insight, opinion, and commentary on the trends and issues facing corporate information knowledge managers today.

Inmagic's blog will focus on Social Knowledge Networks, the cornerstone of the company's new strategic plan. The new strategy is augmented by a newly expanded management team, a new board of directors, a fresh infusion of investment capital, and a new customer advisory panel.

The blog will cover a wide range of topics that relate to social knowledge networks, including knowledge management, library management, information management and social libraries. Inmagic's bloggers will regularly post articles, podcasts, slide shows, and videos that will help busy executives and knowledge professionals go beyond industry headlines, and provide counsel that will help knowledge workers be more productive with the tools and technologies of the trade. Initial articles planned for the blog include:

• The creation of social knowledge networks. Knowledge repositories aren't new. But people today want to combine top-down information -- such as internal documents, subscription content, news, etc. -- with bottom-up content, or "the wisdom of the community." How are social media concepts changing the face of knowledge management, and what does this mean for today's knowledge workers and information managers?

• Separate is not equal: not good enough. Many Web sites provide information at one address, community forums at another, and blogs at still another address. This silo approach to information is not unlike what you'll find in most organizations, where information is firewalled by departments, divisions, and disparate systems. Can the walls that separate people from knowledge ever be erased? If so, what concepts and approaches show the most promise? How will the knowledge application of the future help people share, collect, store, and act upon "wisdom of the community" information?

• Vetting social intelligence. In the past, knowledge management systems have been limited to organizing vetted content, where authorized sources publish and edit information. Users would have access to information through Intranets or shared server environments. However, new social media avenues allow the community to create and edit information as they see fit. What does this mean for knowledge management, users, business growth, and business development?

• Wikipedia vs. Encyclopedia Britannica. Wikipedia is certainly a huge knowledgebase with a tremendous following. But because it's user-generated, validity can be and often is questionable. Encyclopedia Britannica, on the other hand, has high validity and trust, because content is vetted. But it has a fraction of the articles, is suffering from plummeting readership, and certainly doesn't have any buzz in the marketplace. What can Britannica do to invigorate its brand without merely aping the Wikipedia model?

As part of Inmagic's new Web strategy, the company has redesigned its Web site, http://www.inmagic.com/, to reflect its new mission of providing organizations with a new generation of social knowledge networks. Everyone is invited to learn about Inmagic's social knowledge network software, including Inmagic® Presto, Inmagic® DB/Text®, and Inmagic® Genie, with downloadable datasheets, brochures, and more. The site will be regularly updated with company news and events, and will continue to evolve to meet the needs of customers, partners, industry followers, and media.

The public and the press are invited to visit the Inmagic blog or subscribe to the blog's RSS feed at http://inmagicinc.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default. All popular Web browsers and RSS readers are supported. Comments are invited (and moderated). Journalists and bloggers interested in learning more about the blog or interviewing Inmagic senior executives can contact Theresa Murray at Theresa@GregoryFCA.com, or at 610-642-8253, ext. 164.

About Inmagic
Since 1983, Inmagic has helped companies rapidly capture, organize, share, manage, and exploit their collective wisdom. Over 5,000 companies in 100 countries use Inmagic's Presto, Genie, and DB/Text to forge social knowledge networks that connect their people and information to gain unprecedented insight into customers, markets, competitors, research, intellectual property, and more. Find out how much your company really knows. Visit Inmagic at http://www.inmagic.com/.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, press only: Theresa Murray, Gregory FCA, 610.642.8253, Theresa@gregoryfca.com or Mike Cassettari, Inmagic, Inc., 781.287.6225, mcassettari@inmagic.com

PRESS RESOURCES
Press contact: Theresa@GregoryFCA.com
Press room: http://www.inmagic.com/news/press_room/press_releases.html
RSS feed: http://inmagicinc.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Web site: http://www.inmagic.com/index.html
Blog: http://blog.inmagic.com/
Company fact sheet: http://www.inmagic.com/company/Inmagic-At-A-Glance.pdf
Executive bios: http://www.inmagic.com/company/mgmt.html

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Inmagic Fuses Knowledge Management with Social Media

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More Inmagic news from the SLA 2008. And we're not done yet!___________________________________________________________________

Inmagic Fuses Knowledge Management with Social Media

Company announces new "Social Knowledge Networks" strategy at SLA 2008 with new products, new Web site, new blog, and new customer advisory board.

Woburn, MA (PRWEB) June 17, 2008 -- At SLA 2008 today, Inmagic, Inc. unveiled a new strategic direction and product lineup that will thrust the company to the forefront of the social media race. Inmagic® will leverage the company's market and technological leadership in specialized libraries and research asset management to usher in an entirely new class of software: the Social Knowledge Network.

Leading the charge will be the next version of Inmagic® Presto, a new, socialized version of Inmagic's popular knowledge repository, which the company plans to ship in Fall 2008. "Social Presto" will elegantly blend social media features with an enterprise knowledge repository, search, access, and discovery tools, giving users a 360-degree view of their information assets. This version will extend the capabilities of Presto used today by leading organizations such as NASA, Newsweek, Cephalon, The Lincoln Center, RV Anderson, and OPHEA.

It will provide both managed and searchable interfaces to internal and external data, and will unify structured and unstructured content -- including documents, images, audio, video, Web sites, blogs, RSS feeds, and more -- to help organizations integrate top-down vetted information (or content) with bottom-up personal content that captures the collective "wisdom of the community".

The result: a new generation "Social Knowledge Network" that will span functional groups, eliminate information silos, and expose the collective wisdom of the organization to empower knowledge workers to rapidly meet business objectives enabling true "social intelligence" in an organization. Social Knowledge Networks will become strategically important for a range of knowledge-based applications including: Social Libraries, Research Asset Management, Competitive Intelligence, Consumer Insight and Innovation, IP and Knowledge Capture, Regulatory Compliance, Knowledge Preservation, Medical Affairs Management, and Influence Marketing.

"There's tremendous relevancy of the future and value of content technologies to organizations in Inmagic's new direction," says Leonor Ciarlone, Senior Analyst of the Gilbane Group. "This is a very exciting time to be building and contemplating the many possibilities for content technologies. Inmagic's new plan is rolling out with such varied customer success stories already in the making."

As part of Inmagic's strategic plan, the company launched a new Web site and blog, both of which reflect the company's emergence as a leader in the evolution of social knowledge networks.

"Inmagic's mission has always been to help customers address critical information and knowledge-based challenges through industry leading tools and innovative applications," says Paul J. Puzzanghera, CEO of Inmagic. "We make strategic content accessible and easily shared to anyone, anywhere. That will never change. What is changing is augmenting these strengths with a new focus on socializing enterprise knowledge to help organizations expose their collective wisdom in ways that are more meaningful and relevant today."

About Inmagic
Since 1983, Inmagic has helped companies rapidly capture, organize, share, manage, and exploit their collective wisdom. Over 5,000 companies in 100 countries use Inmagic's Presto, Genie, and DB/Text to forge social knowledge networks that connect their people and information to gain unprecedented insight into customers, markets, competitors, research, intellectual property, and more. Find out how much your company really knows. Visit Inmagic at www.Inmagic.com.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, press only: Kate Ritchie, Gregory FCA, 610.642.8253, kater@gregoryfca.com or Mike Cassettari, Inmagic, Inc., 781.287.6225, mcassettari@inmagic.com

PRESS RESOURCES
Press contact(s): KateR @ Gregoryfca.com
Press room: http://www.inmagic.com/news/press_room/press_releases.html
RSS feed: http://inmagicinc.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Web site: http://www.inmagic.com/index.html
Blog: http://blog.inmagic.com/
Company fact sheet: http://www.inmagic.com/company/Inmagic-At-A-Glance.pdf
Executive bios: http://www.inmagic.com/company/mgmt.html

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Inmagic's New Genie 3.1 Available on DB/Text

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As promised, here's the first of several announcements to come out of the Special Libraries Association Conference 2008.

In addition to the links, above, here's a plain-text version of the news release.
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Inmagic's New Genie 3.1 Available on DB/Text

Inmagic's Web-based integrated library system extends reach to a worldwide customer base of over 5,000 organizations

Woburn, Mass. (PRWEB) June 16, 2008 -- Inmagic, Inc. today announced the release of Inmagic® Genie 3.1® the company's Web-based integrated library system (ILS) on DB/Text® is a specialized database optimized for text retrieval that lets users build networked and standalone textbases to manage information. DB/Text is used by thousands of organizations worldwide. Previously Genie was offered with a SQL backend database to support the needs of large libraries and information rich organizations. With the introduction of this newest upgrade Genie becomes a cost effective solution to smaller organizations looking to leverage their investments in Inmagic DB/Text products.

"Over 300 organizations around the world have already made Inmagic Genie their integrated library system of choice," says Phil Green, Chief Technology Officer of Inmagic. "This newest Genie upgrade makes a big difference to our customers looking to extend the reach of their special libraries and collections with library automation, workflow, and other ILS functionality. Plus, DB/Text customers looking to upgrade to full ILS functionality without needing to migrate their text bases to SQL will benefit from Genie's advanced library functionality, integrated capabilities, and ease of implementation."

Genie 3.1 meets the changing needs of today's information center and extends DB/Text applications with advanced ILS functionality including:

• Effective access and management of both traditional and non-traditional library materials, and unparalleled flexibility for searching, reporting, and configuration to meet the specific needs of each library.

• Minimal IT support. Genie is built as an open system, with an XML-based API and the ability to export data at any time in a variety of formats, including XML. Users can share records with other libraries in MARC format.

• Full, configurable librarian's "dashboard" that delivers up-to-date views of critical library items, such as overdue loans, overdue serial issues, routed serials, and active reserves.

• "My OPAC" functionality that lets end users be more self-sufficient. They can log into the OPAC to view their open loans, overdues, reserves, routed serials, and borrower information, instead of calling or e-mailing information professionals with these straightforward questions.

• Simple MARC record acquisition by providing direct integration with BookWhere™ (the popular Z39.50 client), so library staff can more easily find, download, and import MARC cataloging records.

"Genie's librarian's dashboard and other automation tools let information center staff maximize the time they spend using their professional expertise on behalf of end users, versus handling administrative tasks like serial check-in and labeling," says Kathy Bryce MCLIP, President of Inmagic's long-time business partner in the specialized library applications, Andornot Consulting, Inc. "Genie's momentum in the specialized ILS market is continually growing. Current Inmagic DB/Text customers will benefit greatly from Genie's integrated library automation capabilities and ease-of-use and implementation."

Genie 3.1 for DB/Text can also serve as a logical first step toward socializing special library applications. Customers who purchase Genie 3.1 will, subsequently, be able to easily migrate their OPAC to Inmagic® Presto and take advantage of Presto's rich content management, search, discovery, and social knowledge management capabilities to create a robust Social Library as part of a larger Social Knowledge Network strategy.

Genie 3.1 on DB/Text will be available for purchase by Inmagic customers in August 2008 and can be purchased directly through Inmagic or one of its global network of partners. Special promotional pricing is also available to qualified buyers, to make this upgrade affordable for all customers.

For more information about Inmagic's Genie for DB/Text, please visit http://www.inmagic.com/. Certified Inmagic resellers and implementation partners can be found at http://www.inmagic.com/partners/directory.html.

About Inmagic
Since 1983, Inmagic has helped companies rapidly capture, organize, share, manage, and exploit their collective wisdom. Over 5,000 companies in 100 countries use Inmagic's Presto, Genie, and DB/Text to forge social knowledge networks that connect their people and information to gain unprecedented insight into customers, markets, competitors, research, intellectual property, and more. Find out how much your company really knows. Visit Inmagic at http://www.inmagic.com/.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, press only: Theresa Murray, Gregory FCA, 610.642.8253, theresa@gregoryfca.com or Mike Cassettari, Inmagic, Inc., 781.287.6225, mcassetteri@inmagic.com

Press resources
Press room: http://www.inmagic.com/news/press_room/press_releases.html
RSS feed: http://inmagicinc.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Web site: http://www.inmagic.com/index.html
Blog: http://blog.inmagic.com/
Company fact sheet: http://www.inmagic.com/company/Inmagic-At-A-Glance.pdf
Executive bios: http://www.inmagic.com/company/mgmt.html

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Watch this space for the latest Inmagic news

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We have several major announcements teed up for the Special Libraries Association Conference 2008 this week. Keep your eyes on the blog to be among the first to learn what's new and newsworthy at Inmagic!

SLA, here we come!

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What a day, week, month, few months …

We're getting the last ducks in a row for our presentation at the Special Libraries Association Conference 2008 in Seattle on Tuesday. We're pretty stoked.

It'll be a huge event for us. We're unveiling a host of new initiatives for our company: our latest version of Inmagic® Presto, our new Social Knowledge Network strategy, our first blog (seen right here!), a freshly designed Web site, and several other plans involving customers and industry players.

But honestly, I can’t wait until SLA is over and I can finally take a breather, see my wife and kids, and smell the roses of life again. I must admit, though, I thrive on the pace. I’ve found in my life that great things happen when people are busy and working together to make something happen.

And it certainly is fun being at the center of helping take Inmagic, our customers, and hopefully our industry into the exciting new world of Social Knowledge Networks.

Just 24 hours to go before my hour glass runs out and I need to start packing for my trip to Seattle. Plus work out the bugs on the blog ... close the loop with customers for quotes and approvals for our press releases ... update the Web site ... make sure the magician knows how to get to the booth on Monday ... double check that we’re all set for the KM (knowledge management) reception Sunday night.

I sure hope the Celtics game isn't over by then. I’ll be depressed if I don’t see them beat the Lakers on the tube. Isn’t Sunday Father’s Day? And my son’s birthday? Oh well ...

Oh, our exhibit booth! Did we remember everything? The collateral, give-ways? (I’m going to buy one of those Bose headphones we’re giving away. They’re cool and I deserve it after this.)

Don’t forget, Michael, you have to check-in with Jeff Wolfe to make sure he’s set with logistics. I hope we have a good showing at the tech alliance session on Tuesday. NASA is one of our lightship accounts, and I hope people come to see him. Their application is so cool.

Now that I think about it, I should have realized that the tech alliance sessions compete with the conference agenda, and just asked him to be our guest at our customer reception Tuesday night. We’re expecting over 100 people then!

But alas, back to work. Lots to do!

This is the new Inmagic

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First, we take the company you've known for over 25 years. The products you love, the infrastructure you trust. Then we add a little ingenuity, a little creativity, and a little thought leadership. With a snap of the fingers, a wave of the wand, and POOF … the new Inmagic.

Welcome to the new age of knowledge management -- the confluence of content management systems, knowledge management systems, and social tools to create networks of knowledge.

At Inmagic, we're delivering the same great products, but in an exciting new way. We're turning our gaze towards technology industries, collaboration, and social networking. We're challenging ourselves, our customers, and the entire information management industry to rethink roles, and recognize Inmagic as a thought leader.

This blog is where we'll be introducing you to the world of Knowledge 2.0. I encourage you to let your hair down, throw away the old image of libraries as stuffy repositories of books, and think about an infinite space of exciting and ever-evolving new information that can be shared and extended to meet your changing needs.

This is our Social Knowledge Network. This is your tool. This is Inmagic.

WELCOME to the new Inmagic blog

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The Inmagic blog is now under development. Set a bookmark, and check back regularly.

Even better, we can let you know when the new Inmagic blog launches. Just send an e-mail to our blogmaster, and he'll send you a personal note when the blog is up.

Thank you for visiting! We look forward to seeing you here again.

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