2008 Library Automation Survey

Guide to Integrated Library System marketshare and migrations

Many libraries find it helpful to know how widely a given integrated library system has been deployed and which are gaining or loosing ground. Library Technology Guides attempts to track the ILS products deployed in libraries through the lib-web-cats directory. lib-web-cats includes fields for the current ILS used in each library as well as any previous systems, along with the year implemented. While not comprehensive for all regions of the world, we have sufficient data to represent the trends in many major countries.

ILS Market Share Reports

The ILS marketshare reports generated through Library Technology Guides show the breakdown of ILS products implemented, both by the number of library organizations implementing each product as well as the number of facilities involved. Keep in mind that these reports rely entirely on the data coded in lib-web-cats. Each report generates a bar graph showing numbers an proportions of each ILS. Clicking on the name of the ILS generates a query to lib-web-cats that lists the specific libraries.

A state-by-state breakdown of: public libraries or academic libraries in the United States.

The following countries have adequate data in lib-web-cats to generate ILS Market Share reports for Public Libraries Australia Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, New Zealand, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States.

The following countries have adequate data in lib-web-cats to generate ILS Market Share reports for Academic Libraries: Australia Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States.

ILS Turnover Reports

Another set of reports that provide an informal indicator of the migration patterns of integrated library systems. This report automatically generates counts of ILS migrations by year, with a breakdown of the previous automation systems used. In addition to the counts, links execute queries that list the specific libraries involved.

The ILS Turn-over report counts and lists the automation systems recorded as selected or installed in 2010 with a breakdown of the previous systems displaced. (Counts are generated dynamically.) Same report for 2009 (to date), 2008, 2007, 2006.

The Reverse ILS Turn-over report counts and lists the automation systems recorded as replaced in 2010 with a breakdown of the new systems that were selected. (Counts are generated periodically.)

Association of Research Libraries

The members of the Association of Research Libraries include the largest and most prestigious libraries in the United States and Canada. This report shows the ILS products used by each ARL member library.

Urban Libraries Council

The members of the Urban Libraries Council represent the largest municipal libraries, and must serve a population of at least 100,000 to qualify for membership. This report shows the ILS products used by each Urban Library Council member library.