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Smart Libraries Newsletter

March 2012

  The Library Automation News Cycle Typically, news in the library automation industry tends to be clustered around major conferences, and larger conferences tend to attract bigger news. The American Library Association Annual Conference (held each summer) and the Midwinter Meeting (held early...

July 2014

  Smarter Libraries through Technology The library automation industry continues to evolve, and the pace is accelerating. The succession of business transitions and other events shaping the business environment greatly influences the technology products and services available to libraries. Amidst many different threads of activity, the trend is a concentration of resources in the support...

June 2014

  Open Systems via APIs Libraries today insist that their major technology products not be closed and proprietary. Rather, libraries seek at least some level of transparency into a product’s internal programming, allowing them to tap into its capabilities in ways beyond the user interfaces supplied. Procurement decisions increasingly factor in the degree to which a system is open. In...

May 2014

  The Consolidation Continues Recent months have seen a new wave of consolidation in the library technology industry. SirsiDynix acquired EOS International in December 2013, and Innovative Interfaces has now acquired Polaris Library Systems. Both SirsiDynix and Innovative were already among the largest companies in the industry. Continuing a trend of consolidation that has been...

April 2014

  The Evolution of the Koha Open Source ILS Libraries today have a variety of choices for automation systems. Smart Libraries Newsletter has provided extensive coverage of integrated library systems, library services platforms, discovery services and other types of automation products. It’s interesting and important that both open source and proprietary license models are available...

March 2014

  Content Powers Technology The effectiveness of library technology products currently depends not only on the software, but also on content components that power its functionality. Software alone can seem like an empty shell, awaiting data to unleash its capabilities. For the traditional model of automation, such as seen in integrated library systems, that data is mostly created or...

February 2014

  The Maturing Market of Open Source Software for Libraries I’ve been following the progress of the open source ILS movement since its inception. It has been interesting to watch the open source products come onto the scene and rise to become a significant portion of the library automation arena. --Marshall Breeding Also in this issue Equinox Launches Sequoia: New ILS Service Based...

January 2014

  Themes of Consolidation to Prevail in 2014 In covering the major events of 2013 in the library technology industry for Smart Libraries Newsletter, I see a stage set for interesting and important possibilities in the course of the new year. While I naturally have no ability to predict the future, we can anticipate at least some of the next stages in the course set by trends...

December 2013

  Vendor Consolidation and its Impact on Libraries Library technology vendors continue to consolidate. Since the mid-2000s, the shape of the library automation industry has changed considerably through a constant stream of mergers and acquisitions. Many smaller companies continue to prosper, serving narrower groups of libraries with specialized products. But a group of large organizations...

November 2013

  A Global Industry The library technology industry increasingly functions globally, with many organizations involved in diverse countries and regions. I find it quite interesting to study the international dynamics at play among the organizations that provide technology products and services to libraries. Many of those familiar here in the United States are also active in other countries....

September 2013

  Open Source Alternatives in Library Systems Procurement Open source today stands as a routine part of the library automation industry. In the integrated library system arena, Koha and Evergreen have been implemented by hundreds of libraries here in the United States, and especially for Koha, all around the world. OPALS has been implemented by hundreds of school libraries as well as church...