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Library Technology Guides provides comprehensive and objective information surrounding the many different types of technology products and services used by libraries. It covers the organizations that develop and support library-oriented software and systems. The site offers extensive databases and document repositories to assist libraries as they consider new systems and is an essential resource for professionals in the field to stay current with new developments and trends. Relevent news items are posted daily on Twitter:

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Participate in the 2014 International Library Automation Perceptions Survey

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Please respond to this year's International Library Automation Survey conducted through Library Technology Guides. The survey measures the levels of satisfaction that libraries have in their strategic technology products and their perceptions of the quality of service and support that they receive. The results of this survey provide valuable information to libraries as they formulate technology strategies and to vendors as they refine their support services and product development.

Reports that summarize the findings from each of the previous surveys are available:

2014 Library Automation Survey

I am now collecting responses for the 2014 edition of the survey. Please take this opportunity to register the perceptions of the library automation system used in your library, its vendor, and the quality of support delivered. The survey also probes at considerations for migrating to new systems, involvement in discovery products, and the level of interest in open source ILS. While the numeric rating scales support the statistical results of the study, the comments offered also provide interesting insights into the current state of library automation satisfaction.

Note: If you have responded to previous editions of the survey, please give your responses again this year. By responding to the survey each year, you help identify long-term trends in the changing perceptions of these companies and products.

As with the previous versions of the survey, only one response per library is allowed and any individual can respond only for one library. These restrictions ensure that no single organization or individual can skew the statistics. While all the individuals that work in a library may have their own opinions, please respond to the extent that you can from the general experiences of your library.

How to participate

The survey links each response to the listing for a library in the lib-web-cats directory. This connection provides the ability to correlate responses with the extensive library demographic data in libraries.org.

  1. Find your library in libraries.org:
    Find your library:
    (hint: for public libraries, enter city or county)
  2. Select and view the listing for your library
  3. Press the button
  4. Complete the form and write in your comments!

When viewing the entry for your library in lib-web-cats, please check for any incomplete or inaccurate information and let me know of any needed changes.

If your library isn't listed in lib-web-cats, please submit its information.


Oct 21, 2014 20:12:10

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APIs Unify Library Services

In my Systems Librarian column for the April 2014 issue of Computers in Libraries I address the topic of application programming interfaces (APIs) and how they can be used to extend an application or to assist in making connections with external systems. The availability of APIs has become increasingly important to libraries as they seek to be do more with their strategic applications than possible through the built-in user interfaces. This column is meant to be a basic introduction to the topic and to spark ideas on how libraries can improve their services by taking advantage of APIs.

Computers in Libraries April 2014

Most libraries today rely on many different software applications and content services to support their internal operations and their services to patrons. Smaller libraries may deal with a handfiil of these platforms, while larger ones tend to be involved with dozens or hundreds, often with overlapping spheres of functionality or data. Such a matrix of interrelated products and services brings considerable complexity as libraries manage each separately, while attempting to fit them into a coherent technology strategy. In dealing with these multiple and diverse services, libraries benefit from any technologies or mechanisms that can be used to make them work together effectively and to exploit their capabilities to meet local concerns. One of these mechanisms comes in the form of APIs. The increasing availability of APIs among the major applications used by libraries represents an important advancement in technology with many potential benefits. continue reading...

(The full text of my Systems Librarian columns are available on Library Technology Guides 90 days following thier original publication in Computers in Libraries magazine.)

Oct 10, 2014 03:10:02

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Library Technology Guides was created and is edited by Marshall Breeding. He is solely responsible for all content on this site, and for any errors it may contain. Please notify him if you find any errors or omissions.

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December 19, 2014. Status Oria etter systemarbeid. Oria er nå fullt ut oppdatert med de siste postene fra Bibliotekbasen siden systemarbeidet i begynnelsen av desember. Vi har også satt i gang igjen den jevnlige høstingen slik at nye og endrede poster ... <<more>>


December 18, 2014. Welsh Consortium Chooses Ex Libris Solutions for Shared Library Management and Discovery. Ex Libris announced that WHELF, a consortium of all the Welsh University Libraries, as well as the National Library of Wales and the Welsh NHS Libraries, has selected the Ex Libris Alma unified resour ... <<more>>


December 18, 2014. Comunicado de la BNE en relación a RDA. RDA se está convirtiendo en un estándar internacional de facto y, como ha puesto de manifiesto la encuesta realizada este año sobre el tema, un buen número de bibliotecas españolas ha manifestado su i ... <<more>>


December 18, 2014. Udrulningsplan for Bibliotekssystemet opdateret. Horsens blev i november måned den første kommune, der kunne tage Bibliotekssystemet i pilotdrift. Dette er forløbet som planlagt, og udviklingen af systemet skrider godt frem. ... <<more>>


December 18, 2014. MARCIVE assists LC in creation of LCGFT authority records. Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT), is replacing the former Guidelines on Subject Access to Individual Works of Fiction, Drama, Etc. (GSAFD). While many l ... <<more>>


December 17, 2014. Coos County Libraries choose ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Coos County Libraries of Coos County Oregon are now live their installation of the Koha open source ILS. ... <<more>>


December 17, 2014. NC LIVE and Gale Partner to Broaden Access to Essential Library Resources for North Carolina Residents. Residents of North Carolina have expanded access to resources that will enhance economic development, support education and help improve quality of life through an agreement arranged by NC LIVE, Nort ... <<more>>


December 17, 2014. Los Angeles Public Library selects CARL.X for the future. The Library Corporation announced that the Los Angeles Public Library has extend their CARLX contract for an additional four years. ... <<more>>


December 17, 2014. Bayside Library Service live with Overdrive digital content integration. Civica announces that Bayside Library Service, Australia, is the first Spydus customer to go live with Overdrive digital content integration. Civica has been working with the APIs provided by Overdri ... <<more>>


December 16, 2014. Universiteit Maastricht kiest voor OCLC WorldShare Management Services. Universiteit Maastricht (UM), een van de beste universiteiten van Nederland, heeft OCLC WorldShare Management Services gekozen als bibliotheekbeheersysteem. ... <<more>>


December 16, 2014. Maastricht University selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services. Maastricht University, a leading international university in the Netherlands, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system. ... <<more>>


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