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Library Technology Guides provides comprehensive and objective information surrounding the many different types of technology products and services used by libraries. It covers the organizations that develop and support library-oriented software and systems. The site offers extensive databases and document repositories to assist libraries as they consider new systems and is an essential resource for professionals in the field to stay current with new developments and trends. Relevent news items are posted daily on Twitter:

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Participate in the 2014 International Library Automation Perceptions Survey

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Please respond to this year's International Library Automation Survey conducted through Library Technology Guides. The survey measures the levels of satisfaction that libraries have in their strategic technology products and their perceptions of the quality of service and support that they receive. The results of this survey provide valuable information to libraries as they formulate technology strategies and to vendors as they refine their support services and product development.

Reports that summarize the findings from each of the previous surveys are available:

2014 Library Automation Survey

I am now collecting responses for the 2014 edition of the survey. Please take this opportunity to register the perceptions of the library automation system used in your library, its vendor, and the quality of support delivered. The survey also probes at considerations for migrating to new systems, involvement in discovery products, and the level of interest in open source ILS. While the numeric rating scales support the statistical results of the study, the comments offered also provide interesting insights into the current state of library automation satisfaction.

Note: If you have responded to previous editions of the survey, please give your responses again this year. By responding to the survey each year, you help identify long-term trends in the changing perceptions of these companies and products.

As with the previous versions of the survey, only one response per library is allowed and any individual can respond only for one library. These restrictions ensure that no single organization or individual can skew the statistics. While all the individuals that work in a library may have their own opinions, please respond to the extent that you can from the general experiences of your library.

How to participate

The survey links each response to the listing for a library in the lib-web-cats directory. This connection provides the ability to correlate responses with the extensive library demographic data in libraries.org.

  1. Find your library in libraries.org:
    Find your library:
    (hint: for public libraries, enter city or county)
  2. Select and view the listing for your library
  3. Press the button
  4. Complete the form and write in your comments!

When viewing the entry for your library in lib-web-cats, please check for any incomplete or inaccurate information and let me know of any needed changes.

If your library isn't listed in lib-web-cats, please submit its information.


Oct 21, 2014 20:12:10

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APIs Unify Library Services

In my Systems Librarian column for the April 2014 issue of Computers in Libraries I address the topic of application programming interfaces (APIs) and how they can be used to extend an application or to assist in making connections with external systems. The availability of APIs has become increasingly important to libraries as they seek to be do more with their strategic applications than possible through the built-in user interfaces. This column is meant to be a basic introduction to the topic and to spark ideas on how libraries can improve their services by taking advantage of APIs.

Computers in Libraries April 2014

Most libraries today rely on many different software applications and content services to support their internal operations and their services to patrons. Smaller libraries may deal with a handfiil of these platforms, while larger ones tend to be involved with dozens or hundreds, often with overlapping spheres of functionality or data. Such a matrix of interrelated products and services brings considerable complexity as libraries manage each separately, while attempting to fit them into a coherent technology strategy. In dealing with these multiple and diverse services, libraries benefit from any technologies or mechanisms that can be used to make them work together effectively and to exploit their capabilities to meet local concerns. One of these mechanisms comes in the form of APIs. The increasing availability of APIs among the major applications used by libraries represents an important advancement in technology with many potential benefits. continue reading...

(The full text of my Systems Librarian columns are available on Library Technology Guides 90 days following thier original publication in Computers in Libraries magazine.)

Oct 10, 2014 03:10:02

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Library Technology Guides was created and is edited by Marshall Breeding. He is solely responsible for all content on this site, and for any errors it may contain. Please notify him if you find any errors or omissions.

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November 27, 2014. Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Councils choose the Koha open source library management system for their public library services. Cheshire Libraries Shared Service has chosen the Koha library management system to replace its existing Axiell Galaxy solution. PTFS Europe will fully implement the Koha system and provide on-going h ... <<more>>


November 26, 2014. Edinburgh Napier University Goes Live with Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris announced that Edinburgh Napier University is live with Ex Libris Alma. After choosing the Primo discovery solution to improve the search experience for users, the Library decided to move th ... <<more>>


November 26, 2014. Arabian Peninsula Libraries select Innovative for library management and discovery. Innovative announced today that libraries on the Arabian Peninsula have selected the vtls-Virtua ILS and the vtls-Chamo discovery tool: Emirates Aviation University (EAU) [UAE] and the Cultural Affair ... <<more>>


November 25, 2014. SirsiDynix is recognized as a Wasatch Front Top Workplace. SirsiDynix announced that it has been selected as one of The Wasatch Front Top Workplaces. This most recent recognition comes on the heels of a 2013 ranking by Glassdoor.com that placed SirsiDynix as ... <<more>>


November 25, 2014. Hunter-Rice Health Sciences Library Goes Live on LibLime Koha 4.18. Hunter-Rice Health Sciences Library at Samaritan Health Center is now live on LibLime Koha 4.18 for all collection and patron management services. The hospital library located in Watertown, NY will n ... <<more>>


November 24, 2014. State Library of Queensland selects Ex Libris Rosetta. Ex Libris Group announced that State Library of Queensland has selected Ex Libris Rosetta to demonstrate management and preservation of its digital collections. Rosetta’s unique end-to-end digital as ... <<more>>


November 24, 2014. EBSCO Discovery Service selected by 25 Russian and Belarusian universities. EBSCO Discovery Service from EBSCO Information Services is now being used by more universities and academic institutions in Russia and Belarus. To date, 25 institutions have chosen EDS as their discov ... <<more>>


November 24, 2014. Change in leadership at Equinox. Equinox Software announced that Mike Rylander has been selected by the Equinox Board of Directors as President of the company. In addition to being a co-founder of Equinox, Rylander is one of the orig ... <<more>>


November 24, 2014. Kuali Coeus Functional Council votes toeEngage with KualiCo for product development leadership. The Kuali Foundation announced that the Kuali Coeus Functional Council has voted to engage with KualiCo for product development leadership. KualiCo is a new company that delivers cloud-based software ... <<more>>


November 21, 2014. Buy It Now available for HIP and e-Library users. SirsiDynix announced that Buy It Now is now available for all HIP and e-Library users. These users will now be able to buy books, movies, and more from outside retailers through their library’s websit ... <<more>>


November 20, 2014. Backstage launches new Cataloging Preparation Service. Librarians seeking a cost-effective method of preparing materials for Backstage cataloging have a new service at their disposal. Backstage’s metadata and on-site services groups have joined forces to ... <<more>>


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