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June 2010

Common Problems / Diverse Solutions

I find that one of the most exciting aspects of the current library technology scene is the expanding diversity of available alternatives to libraries. Today we see vigorous competition among different models of software licensing and development, differing conceptual models of how best to frame library automation functionality, and a variety of technical alternatives to improve end-user discovery of library collections.

It hasn’t always been that way. In previous times, the main thrust of the library automation industry seemed to be a focus on competition among differing brands and models of integrated library systems that shared remarkably common models of functionality. The key business problem of libraries was the management of physical collections and each of the competing solutions offered basically the same set of integrated modules: cataloging, circulation, acquisitions, serials, and an online catalog. Sure, each product brought its own distinctive set of nuanced features, often optimized for particular types of libraries. But the points of differentiation were often subtle and were latched to assumptions

--Marshall Breeding

Also in this Issue

  • Access Articles through Encore Synergy
  • BCR in Transition
  • Industry People on the Move
  • SydneyPlus acquires Questor Systems
  • Library Automation News in Brief



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