Perspective and commentary by Marshall Breeding
LITA Technology and Industry Interest Group to meet at ALA Midwinter in Seattle
- Review of the Interest Group mission statement. The following draft created by Marshall as a starting point will be revised and expanded:
- Continued work on the development of a white paper that describes how the current architectures today offer capabilities for extensibility and interoperability through APIs and how library programmers and other third parties can collaborate with system developers. This white paper aims to be a key educational document for broader audience of systems librarians, developers, and other interested individuals.
- Finalization of program for the ALA Annual Conference:
Connecting Libraries and Vendor Platforms: Have we advanced from the Black Box to Open Systems?
No technology product created for libraries can reasonably satisfy the needs of all libraries “out of the box.” Rather, products provide a basic core of functionality designed to serve the general needs of libraries, with configuration options to set operational and cosmetic details for individual implementations. Many libraries, however, need to implement new functionality not delivered with the base product. Libraries might be able to press the developers of the products, developed under either proprietary or open source licenses, to create enhancements to the core system to meet these needs. A more sustainable model involves the use of application programming interfaces (API)s that allow library programmers to write code to extend the capabilities of the product, to enable interoperability with other applications, or to extract and manipulate data. Most of the major library management and discovery applications offer APIs that open up data and functionality to libraries and to third party developers.
This session aims to reveal the extent to which libraries can expect to extend products through exercising the APIs provided with their key technology products. In a dynamic debate format, the moderator (Marshall Breeding?) will explore this topic with the chief technology or strategy officers of the major library vendors and with one or more library technologists involved in projects that rely on APIs.
- Moderator: Marshall Breeding (Co-Chair LITA Industry Vendor IG)
- Andrew Pace or Robin Murray (OCLC)
- Talin Bingham (SirsiDynix)
- Oren Beit-Arie (Ex Libris)
- Jane Burke or Andrew Nagy (Serials Solutions)
- Bill Schickling (Polaris)
- John McCullough (Innovative Interfaces)
- Brad LaJeunesse (Equinox Software)
Please come and join us for an interesting discussion of these topics.
Marshall Breeding Jan 15, 2013 13:22:41 Link to this thread
Perceptions 2012: An International Survey of Library Automation
I have posted the results the sixth 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 2012: 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 21, 2013 17:25:47 Link to this thread