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May 2010

Maintaining a Balance

I find that one of the key challenges in covering the field of library technology is finding the right balance and perspective in both the selection and the development of the stories that you write. It’s important to highlight emerging trends, especially when they have some potential to make a broad impact, but it’s just as important to place any new developments in the context of the routine activities of the broader industry.

In this current phase of the evolution of the library automation industry, for example, we’re seeing a lot of activity involving open source ILS products. For the last five years, an increasing number of libraries have adopted the open source approach, and there have been many interesting stories as this relatively new niche of the industry has unfolded. Still, this niche remains small relative to the entirety of the library automation industry. The library automation marketplace totals over $500 million in annual revenue per year; I estimate the open source portion of that at no more than $5 to $7 million.

--Marshall Breeding

Also in this Issue

  • Reshaping the Open Source ILS Sector
  • OCLC Reshapes its Content Strategy as it
    Expands WorldCat Local Discovery
  • Linda Hall Library Selects Voyager
  • SkyRiver Update
  • WordPress for Library 2.0 and Beyond: Other
    Uses and Future Possibilities

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