Smart Libraries Newsletter [October 2008]

Traditional Vendors Continue to Prosper

Breeding, Marshall.

Copyright (c) 2008 ALA TechSource

SummaryAlthough open source library automation has gained unprecedented popularityin recent years, the industry is still dominated by companies offering traditionally licensed software. In discussing the new open source software projects, itís important to keep in mind that the vast majority of libraries continue to use proprietary ILS products and that the sales of these products to new customers is continuing at moderately stronglevels. Innovative Interfaces and Polaris Library systems have made a number of new sales in North America. Ex Libris has made sales of Primo and Aleph internationally. A number of libraries have migrated from Dynix Classic and Horizon to SirsiDynix Symphony this year, although the company has made few public announcements.

Although open source library automation has gained unprecedented popularity in recent years, the industry is still dominated by companies offering traditionally licensed software. In discussing the new open source software projects, itís important to keep in mind that the vast majority of libraries continue to use proprietary ILS products and that the sales of these products to new customers is continuing at moderately strong levels. Innovative Interfaces and Polaris Library systems have made a number of new sales in North America. Ex Libris has made sales of Primo and Aleph internationally. A number of libraries have migrated from Dynix Classic and Horizon to SirsiDynix Symphony this year, although the company has made few public announcements.

Innovative Interfaces recently announced a list of ten libraries that have selected its Millennium ILS in recent weeks. These include:

Some of the libraries moving to Polaris from Polaris Library Systems:

Ex Libris has attracted a number of new customers for Primo, its discovery interface product. These include the University of Haifa in Israel, four institutions in Australia including the State Library of Victoria, Curtin University of Technology, the University of New South Wales, and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. Libraries that have selected the Aleph ILS in recent months include:

These lists represent some of the publicly announced contracts involving the traditional vendors and are meant only to remind readers of that this type of activity continues. While the dynamics of the library automation industry have changed to include an ever-increasing open source component, this must be seen in the context of a market where proprietary software continues to dominate. The extent to which this dominance will continue in the long term is a major question as the library automation industry moves forward.

Publication Year:2008
Type of Material:Article
LanguageEnglish
Published in: Smart Libraries Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 28 Number 10
Issue:October 2008
Page(s):3
Publisher:ALA TechSource
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
ISSN:1541-8820
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