Perspective and commentary by Marshall Breeding
LITA Technology and Industry Interest Group
“Bringing service organizations, vendors, IT providers, librarians, and library technologists together to discuss industry and technology trends.”
The newly organized LITA Technology and Industry Interest will meet at the ALA Midwinter Meeting:
Date: Saturday, January 21
Time: 10:30 – 12 noon
Place: Dallas Convention Center A303
The LITA and Technology Interest Group has been constituted to bring together members from companies and other organizations that produce technology-oriented products and services with members from libraries that depend on them. This IG facilitates the partnerships inherent in the relationship between vendors, including both commercial companies and non-profit organizations and libraries. It spans those involved in proprietary and open source software. These partnerships include involvement in collaborative development of new technology products, beta testing arrangements, involvement with API toolkits or other development platform, and a variety of other activities.
Topics that might be addressed by the Interest Group might include:
- Strategies for strengthening positive relationships between libraries and their technology partners
- Working toward more coherent API frameworks across heterogeneous product environments
- Facilitating library involvement at earlier stages of product development
- Establishing reasonable expectations regarding vendor support and involvement at library conferences and encouraging libraries to engage with vendors at conferences in ways that increase the value of the investments made in exhibit rental, receptions, and sponsorships.
- Plan a program for the Annual Conference that highlights these topics and stimulates a dialog between libraries and industry representatives.
E-Mail List: lists.ala.org/sympa/info/lita-industryig
Marshall Breeding Jan 3, 2012 19:27:19 Link to this thread
Perceptions 2011: An International Survey of Library Automation
I have posted the results the fifth annual survey of data collected on how libraries rate their current integrated library system, the company involved, and the quality of customer support. The survey also aims to gather data regarding attitudes regarding interest levels in open source ILS products. Perceptions 2011: an international survey of library automation gives the general conclusions and presents all the statistical results derived from the survey. As usual, some of the most interesting and valuable information lies in the comments offered by responders.
Just as I did for the previous editions survey, I created an interactive tool for viewing the statistical summaries and comments. The main tables in the article show statistics only for those products that had more than 15 survey responses. You can use the ILS Product Report to view the statistics on any of the products mentioned in the survey and to read the comments about that system, even if the number of responses did not meet the threshold. The comments that display have been edited to remove any text that identifies the individual or institution, preserving the anonymity of the responders. The narrative data in the comments largely corroborate the statistical responses and makes for interesting reading.
Marshall Breeding Jan 29, 2012 19:20:13 Link to this thread