Working toward a new generation of library automation: opportunities to break free from the traditional mould
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Abstract: Libraries today find themselves facing many challenges in the way that they deliver content and services to their users. Relative to the pace of change on the Web, the automation products available to libraries have evolved rather slowly. Much more rapid change is in order. Breeding will review the current state of the library automation arena and suggest some of the possible strategies for achieving a new generation of library automation products more in tune with current and future challenges. These strategies include a reworking the basic models of library automation systems, working toward more open systems, and engendering more effective partnerships with vendors. We’re already seeing incredible progress on the front of next-generation catalogs. The presentation will include analysis of the current state of the library automation industry, a review of the technologies that show promise for supporting next-generation libraries, and perspective on the recent open source LMS alternatives.