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Library Technology Forecast for 2014 and Beyond

My Systems Librarian column Library Technology Forecast for 2014 and Beyond published in the December 2013 issue of Computers in Libraries is now available online at Information Today. In this column I mention some of the trends that I expect to see next year related to library technologies. These categories addressed include:

  • Uptick in Strategic Cooperation
  • Library Services Platforms and Discovery Services
  • Ebook Lending
  • Models of Development and Innovation
  • Consumer Technologies
  • Industry Trends
Computers in Libraries

Libraries continue to face enormous challenges as they continue to deal with woefully inadequate budgets at the same time that almost every aspect of their work has become more complex. In these times when search engines, social networks, and ecommerce sites set an almost unreachable bar for user experience and breadth of content, libraries have to make extraordinary efforts to impress their patrons with the information resources and services that they offer on the web while remaining true to core library values. Thus, the stage is set. Iíll discuss some of the trends that I see playing out on the library technology front as we look ahead for the next couple of years.

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Dec 20, 2013 10:01:04

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Perceptions 2013: An International Survey of Library Automation

2008 Library Automation Survey

I have posted the results the seventh 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 2013: 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.

Selected Survey Findings: Top Performers

  • Polaris continues to receive top ratings in all categories from large and medium-sized public libraries.
  • Apollo from Biblionix received top ratings in all categories from small and very small public libraries.
  • Alma from Ex Libris received top ratings from large academic libraries in the category of general product satisfaction, management of electronic resources, customer support, and customer loyalty.
  • Sierra from Innovative interfaces received top ratings from large academic libraries for overall product functionality and effectiveness for managing print resources.
  • OCLC WorldShare Management Services received top ratings from small academic libraries in the management of electronic resources.
  • Small academic libraries rated Koha (managed independent of a support firm) highest in the management of print materials.
  • School libraries rated OPALS most positively in response to all survey questions.

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.

Feb 4, 2014 13:47:33

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