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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. Relevant news items are posted daily on Twitter:

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Library Systems Report 2017: Competing visions for technology, openness, and workflow

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Library Systems Report

The 2017 edition of the annual industry report that I have produced since 2002 has been published by American Libraries. The report is available online and in the May 2017 print issue. The 2002 through 2013 editions of this report were published by Library Journal.

The library technology industry has entered a new phase: business consolidation and technology innovation. Development of products and services to support the increasingly complex work of libraries remains in an ever-decreasing number of hands. Not only have technology-focused companies consolidated themselves, they have become subsumed within higher-level organizations with broad portfolios of diverse business activities. The survivors of this transformed industry now bear responsibility to deliver innovation from their amassed capacity. Modern web-based systems delivering traditional library automation and discovery capabilities are now merely table stakes. Real progress depends on building out these platforms to support the new areas of service emerging within each type of library.

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Participate in the 2017 International Library Automation Perceptions Survey

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.

The report based on the 2016 survey, with links to previous reports is availalbe:

2015 Library Automation Survey

I am now collecting responses for the 2016 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 libraries.org 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 libraries.org, please submit its information.


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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. (off)

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February 21, 2018. OCLC extends WorldShare Management Services mobile capabilities worldwide. Following a successful launch in the United States, OCLC is extending its Digby mobile app to libraries worldwide, offering student library workers, volunteers and staff greater efficiency, accuracy a ... <<more>>


February 21, 2018. OCLC introduces Syndeo, a suite of services designed to facilitate national and regional library collaboration. OCLC introduces Syndeo, a flexible suite of services specifically designed to facilitate national and regional library collaboration. Syndeo supports OCLC cooperative cataloging, resource sharing and ... <<more>>


February 21, 2018. Equinox migrated Polk County Public Library to Evergreen within NC Cardinal consortium. Equinox announce that Polk County Public Library successfully migrated to Evergreen within the NC Cardinal Consortium at the end of January, 2018. ... <<more>>


February 20, 2018. University of Bristol selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services. The University of Bristol, ranked among the top universities in the world, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its new cloud-based library services platform. ... <<more>>


February 20, 2018. The National Archives joins the Open Preservation Foundation. The Open Preservation Foundation welcomed The National Archives of the UK as its newest charter member. ... <<more>>


February 20, 2018. The University of Law to adopt Ex Libris Alma, Primo, and Leganto to advance teaching excellence and successful learning outcomes. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the University of Law has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform, Primo discovery and delivery system, and Leganto course read ... <<more>>


February 20, 2018. Elsevier collaborates with Hypothesis to integrate Open Annotation. Elsevier and Hypothesis are announcing a collaboration to align annotation capabilities in Elsevier’s Research Products with the emerging ecosystem of interoperable clients and services for annotation ... <<more>>


February 19, 2018. Cinco socios se unen a Ex Libris en el desarrollo de una nueva plataforma de servicios de investigación. Ex Libris, una empresa de ProQuest, anunció un acuerdo de colaboración con la Universidad de Lancaster, la Universidad de Sheffield, la Universidad de Iowa, la Universidad de Miami y la Universidad d ... <<more>>


February 19, 2018. Learn how to dramatically accelerate legal knowledge exchange: meet with Lucidea at ARK. Lucidea’s portfolio of best-in-class solutions includes SydneyEnterprise, GeniePlus, LawPort, Inmagic Presto and LookUp Precision—ILS and KM solutions purpose-built to allow legal information professi ... <<more>>


February 18, 2018. Hampshire College doubles student use of academic services by centralizing them in library. Student usage of academic services nearly doubled after Hampshire College centralized the services into Harold F. Johnson Library, in a large, newly renovated space starting this past September 2017. ... <<more>>


February 15, 2018. Cambridge University Libraries go live with Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced the successful implementation of the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Primo® discovery and delivery solution at the University of Cambridge. The A ... <<more>>


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