April 17-19 hyatt regency crystal city
arlington, va
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

D201: Library Services Platforms & Automation Perceptions

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Marshall Breeding, Independent Consultant, Library Technology Guides, USA

Breeding coined the term “library services platforms” to describe the new genre of products for the management of library collections and operations, which differ substantially from the long-standing category of integrated library systems. This session includes an updated view of the characteristics of library services platforms, how they differ from ILS, as well as the status of the current products and projects. It discusses hybrid models and those that partially incorporate the characteristics. Breeding shares his insights as to whether library services platforms have lived up to their promises. In addition, he shares results of his international survey highlighting library satisfaction with current automation systems and tracks trends such as interest in open source products and interest in moving to competing products.

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