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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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Executive Perspectives: A Conversation on the Future of the Library Technology Industry

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ALA Annual Conference

Attending the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco? Please join me for "Executive Perspectives: A Conversation on the Future of the Library Technology Industry" where I will host a panel of CEOs of library tech organizations, including Kim Massana of Innovative, Bill Davison of SirsiDynix, Kurt Sanford of ProQuest, Skip Prichard of OCLC, and Annette Harwood Murphy of The Library Corporation. Expect a lively and stimulating conversation among some of the top brass of the industry. Sponsored by LITA. Full Description ALA Scheduler

Libraries in the US collectively invest almost half a billion dollars annually in the platforms that manage and provide access to their collections and services. Marshall Breeding, author of the annual Library Systems Report published in American Libraries, will assemble and moderate a panel of executives representing organizations that produce software or services for libraries. Breeding will give a brief introduction and will then lead a lively discussion to probe at the technology and business trends currently in play, including industry consolidation, differing approaches to opening software to library programmers, and the shift toward cloud-based technologies.
Date -Time - Location
DateJune 27
Time10:30 AM-11:30 AM
LocationMoscone Convention Center 3020 (W)

May 27, 2015 15:47:32
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Announcing the Library Technology Guides Procurement Registry

Library Technology Guides now includes a new resource to bring together the Requests for Proposals, Tenders, or other procurement documents related to libraries acquiring integrated library systems, library services platforms, discovery services, or other strategic technology products. This Procurement Registry is intended fulfill several purposes:

  • It enables libraries to post their procurement documents in a repository with high visibility and have confidence that they will be seen by qualified vendors. Registering procurement projects in this resource will complement and not necessarily replace other processes the library may be required to follow to advertise procurement opportunities.
  • It provides a central aggregated repository of projects of interest to providers of library technology products and services. The Procurement Registry supplements the many municipal, state, and proprietary procurement sites that require qualification, registration, or payment for notification or access to procurement documents. Since these other procurement sites include all types of procurement projects, finding those related to library technology offerings can be an expensive and time-consuming process.
  • It serves as a research resource. Libraries considering a new procurement project gain access to a large number of RFPs issued by other libraries and can be aware of the characteristics and requirements specified. Those using the registry in this way should naturally be mindful of copyright and seek permission from the creators of any documents before making use of any specific statements or text within the documents. The Procurement Registry also serves as an historic archive of past projects and their associated documents. Libraries are encouraged to register completed projects and upload the corresponding procurement documents regardless of the year issued. These materials contain ongoing research value.

The Library Technology Guides Procurement Registry is a free service. No fees are charged to register procurement projects or upload documents. All content is provided without any guarantees for accuracy and completeness. The Registry provides no mechanisms for communication between those posting opportunities and vendors. Vendors will naturally continue to follow instructions specified in the procurement documents regarding designated contacts and response procedures.

Libraries posting opportunities are encouraged to post outcomes of the process to the registry or to notify Marshall Breeding. I would also appreciate any comments or suggestions for improvements to the registry.

Access the registry: Library Technology Guides Procurement Registry

May 4, 2015 10:12:01
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Library Systems Report 2015: Operationalizing innovation

Library Systems Report

The 2015 edition of the annual industry report that I have produced since 2002 has been published by American Libraries. The online version is available now and the feature will appear in the May 2015 print issue. The 2002 through 2013 editions of this report were published by Library Journal.

Following a period of intensive development, a slate of new products that aims to align with current strategic priorities has entered a new phase of broader implementation. Index-based discovery services, available since 2009, have become vital components of academic library infrastructure and continue to see strong sales, including both first-time implementations and churn from competitors.

Library services platforms, in production use since 2011, have passed into the realm of routine offerings, especially for academic libraries in desperate need of systems that can manage both electronic and print resources. Many public libraries facing intense demand to present more modern and dynamic services to their communities and deliver seamless access to ebook collections are ready to upgrade or replace incumbent products with ones better able to fulfill current realities and expectations. With broader acceptance of cloud technologies, more libraries are opting for software as a service (SaaS) deployments, especially when they have fewer technical resources to support local implementations.

While libraries are able to risk adopting technologies in earlier stages of development, a broader contingent now expects to implement proven and reliable products. Products considered innovative or pioneering two years ago must now be ready for routine operational implementation in order for these products to succeed in this phase of concerted sales.

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May 2, 2015 07:28:36
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Caveat and Credit

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. (off)

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