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Perspective and commentary by Marshall Breeding
The 2014 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 2014 print issue. The 2002 through 2013 editions of this report were published by Library Journal.
Note: The statistical tables that accompany the report will be posted by Friday April 18.
Marshall Breeding Apr 16, 2014 16:13:31 Link to this thread
I'll be in Washington, DC soon for the annual Computers in Libraries conference, speaking on a variety of topics. I'm looking forward to seeing lots of friends and colleagues. Please feel free to track me down and introduce yourself or follow me through Twitter. Here is my speaking schedule for the conference:
Preconference Workshop, Sunday April 6, 2014 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Library collections today have become more complex than ever, with proportions of electronic and digital resources increasing relative to print and other physical materials. To manage these complex, multiformat collections, libraries need to consider many different options, both in the technology tools used and in their operational workflows. Many different types of technical options are available for libraries to manage their collections and operations, including traditional integrated library systems and a new generation of library services platforms, with open source and commercially licensed options and locally installed or cloud-based deployment possibilities. This half-day workshop explores the realm of library resource management technologies, helping attendees understand the relative strengths of each of the many alternatives and which automation scenarios may be most appropriate to pursue for their library. Filled with real-world examples, this workshop presents many possible strategies, technologies, and possibilities for managing library collections.
Preconference Workshop, Sunday, April 6, 2014 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Libraries face daunting challenges in providing access to library resources in ways that both meet the expectations of library users and librarians. Library users today expect simple, powerful, and intuitive interfaces that provide instant access to information resources. Librarians advocate for precise as well as general search capabilities, to optimally expose users to print as well as electronic resources, to take full advantage of the investments made in all categories of library materials, and to operate objectively without bias to any given publisher’s content. This half-day workshop explores the realm of library resource discovery services, helping attendees develop or refine strategies that can be applied in libraries as they evaluate, select, and implement these products.
Preconference Workshop, Monday, April 7, 2014 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Breeding, co-chair of the NISO Open Discovery Initiative, describes the general landscape of library resource discovery products, the trend toward web-scale, index-based services, and some of the issues that sparked this initiative to bring increased transparency and other improvements to the ecosystem involving libraries, content providers, and discovery service creators.
Preconference Workshop, Wednesday, April 9, 2014 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Libraries worldwide spend almost $2 billion/year on technology products and services and are constantly considering prudent strategic technology investments. Author of the “Automation Marketplace Industry Report” (Library Journal) since 2002, Breeding has the incredible ability to explain the current state of the industry and what we need to watch for in the future and factor into our technology decisions today.
Marshall Breeding Mar 17, 2014 15:31:55 Link to this thread
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.
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.
Marshall Breeding Feb 4, 2014 13:47:33 Link to this thread