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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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November 21, 2014. Buy It Now available for HIP and e-Library users. SirsiDynix announced that Buy It Now is now available for all HIP and e-Library users. These users will now be able to buy books, movies, and more from outside retailers through their library’s websit ... <<more>>


November 20, 2014. Backstage launches new Cataloging Preparation Service. Librarians seeking a cost-effective method of preparing materials for Backstage cataloging have a new service at their disposal. Backstage’s metadata and on-site services groups have joined forces to ... <<more>>


November 20, 2014. ProQuest creates the first complete, digital trove of executive orders and presidential proclamations. ProQuest is enabling researchers to access a critical missing piece for understanding historic events with a first-ever complete, digital collection of Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations. ... <<more>>


November 20, 2014. Pines and Plains Libraries goes live on CLiC AspenCat LibLime Koha Union Catalog. The Pines and Plains Libraries, formerly known as the Elbert County Library District is now live on the AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. With the ... <<more>>


November 20, 2014. Arabic e-books from Al Manhal to be available for purchase via the EBSCO eBooks platform. EBSCO Information Services and Al Manhal have extended their partnership to add Al Manhal’s diverse collection of e-books to EBSCO’s collection. Al Manhal’s extensive e-book collection will now be dis ... <<more>>


November 20, 2014. Kuali Financial System Project Board votes to engage with KualiCo. The Kuali Foundation recently concluded Kuali Days 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana, with the announcement that the Kuali Financial System Project Board has voted to engage with KualiCo for product deve ... <<more>>


November 20, 2014. lynda.com Receives SIP2 Certification with TLC’s CARL.X. The Library Corporation announced today that the lyndaLibrary suite of online learning resources from lynda.com is now SIP2-certified for the CARL•X Integrated Library System. CARL•X libraries that ha ... <<more>>


November 19, 2014. Ex Libris releases Version 9.1 of Voyager. Ex Libris announced the release of version 9.1 of the Voyager integrated library system. Deployed by over 1300 institutions around the world, Voyager now provides faster, more efficient processes for ... <<more>>


November 19, 2014. Innovative News: 25 libraries go live on the Polaris ILS and the Sierra Library Services Platform in six-week period. Innovative announced today that 25 libraries have gone live with the Polaris ILS or the Sierra Library Services Platform in a recent six-week period. This group of academic and public libraries span A ... <<more>>


November 18, 2014. Cengage Learning names New Chief Financial Officer. John Leahy has been appointed Chief Financial Officer for Cengage Learning, a leading global education company, to lead the Company’s financial management team. Based in Boston, John will lead all fin ... <<more>>


November 17, 2014. Largest public Library in Australasia upgrades to Sierra. Innovative announced that Auckland Libraries (New Zealand) will upgrade to the Sierra Library Services Platform from Innovative's Millennium ILS. With over 470,000 registered card holders and 55 branc ... <<more>>


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