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Library Systems Report 2018: New technologies enable an expanded vision of library services
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.
Technologies that focus on supporting traditional library services no longer meet the needs of libraries that wish to strengthen their involvement in new service areas.
Academic libraries are looking beyond efficiencies in collection management or improvements in library-provided discovery services. Instead, they are addressing broader education needs by inserting relevant resources into platforms that support the curriculum and enhance their institutions’ research activities. Public libraries seek technologies that improve engagement with their communities. These libraries value reliable and feature-rich automation systems, and they are especially drawn to those that help them deliver compelling digital services. Basic library resource management and discovery capabilities no longer differentiate competitors in this market of mature products.
Library services platforms (LSPs) have been in use for more than half a decade and are a proven solution with products that continue to mature and evolve. The move from legacy products to an LSP may provide new efficiencies for internal library operations, but current models extend deeper into the academic enterprise.
A plethora of integrated library systems (ILS) with long lineages pervades the industry. In many respects these products have not only matured in functionality but have also adapted to changing expectations. The ILS continues to be the dominant solution for public, school, and special libraries, though it faces formidable challenges from LSPs in the academic library sphere.
In 2017, many ILS vendors devoted considerable development efforts to web-based interfaces. Many have evolved from earlier client-server technologies with graphic interfaces installed on the computers of staff members or service desks. The age of client-server computing has passed, and the transition to web interfaces is long overdue. Libraries seek fully web-based products without compromising the rich functionality and efficiencies embodied in legacy platforms. It’s unfortunate at this late phase of the cycle of cloud computing that development efforts are consumed in a lateral move toward new interfaces at the expense of innovations.
Marshall Breeding May 2, 2018 09:22:59
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Perceptions 2017: An International Survey of Library Automation
|Selected Survey Findings: Top Performers
received superlative scores in the small and very small library categories, toping the
charts in general satisfaction, overall ILS functionality, print and electronic functionality,
customer support, and company loyalty.
providing services for Koha, earned highest scores from mid-sized public libraries across all categories except company loyalty.
from Ex Libris led as the top performer among large and mid-sized academic libraries for general ILS satisfaction,
overall functionality, end effectiveness in managing electronic resources.
For large and mid-sized academic libraries, Ex Libris received top company loyalty scores for its three products:
Alma, Aleph, and Voyager.
received top rankings among large public libraries for general satisfaction, overall functionality, print resource management,
electronic resource management, and company loyalty.
from SirsiDynix received top scores among large public libraries and large academic libraries for customer support.
received highest scores in all categories among school and small academic libraries.
I have posted the results the eleventh annual survey of data collected on how libraries rate their current integrated library system, the company involved, and the quality of customer support.
Perceptions 2017: an international survey of library automation gives the general conclusions and presents all the statistical results derived from the survey. As usual, some of the most interesting and valuable information can be found in the comments offered by responders.
"Some interesting themes can be seen in the analysis of this year’s survey results. Large libraries of all types have complex requirements and evaluate their systems on a much harsher scale than smaller organizations. Conventional integrated library systems dominate public libraries, with top scores going to proprietary products in the largest tier and to those based on commercially supported open source software in the mid-size category. Small and very small public libraries also favored proprietary ILS products. In the academic library sector, survey results reveal interesting patterns regarding the newer generation of library services platforms. These products received strong marks in most categories but are perceived as less capable for managing print resources than legacy ILS products. Small libraries give superlative scores to products able to meet their basic requirements without complex features they don’t need."
Just as I did for the previous editions survey, I created an interactive tool for viewing the statistical summaries and comments. The main tables in the article show statistics only for those products that had more than 15 survey responses. You can use the ILS Product Report to view the statistics on any of the products mentioned in the survey and to read the comments about that system, even if the number of responses did not meet the threshold. The comments that display have been edited to remove any text that identifies the individual or institution, preserving the anonymity of the responders. The narrative data in the comments largely corroborate the statistical responses and makes for interesting reading.
Marshall Breeding Mar 18, 2018 13:27:15
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Full Automation News Report
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May 22, 2018. RedLink Announces Powerful New Release of Remarq.
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May 22, 2018. Explore Lucidea’s Powerful ILS, KM and ERM Solutions at CALL 2018.
Lucidea, provider of SydneyEnterprise, GeniePlus, Inmagic Presto, LookUp Precision and LawPort will participate in the Canadian Association of Law Libraries 2018 Conference. Visit them at Booth 13 at ...
May 21, 2018. Biblionix announces elimination of auto-calling setup fees.
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May 21, 2018. Athens-Clarke County Library migrates to EnvisionWare for automated materials handling.
EnvisionWare announced that Athens-Clarke County Library in Georgia has migrated to EnvisionWare for Automated Materials Handling. ...
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May 16, 2018. DeepDyve rolls out new workflow tools for scientific and scholarly research.
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May 16, 2018. Yewno facilitates collaborative research new DoYewno? competition announced.
Yewno announced a new competition in which high school students must collaborate together to produce outstanding research. This new installment of the DoYewno? High School Research Competition is ope ...
May 16, 2018. LIBERO provides the solution for Broken Hill.
Broken Hill City Library in New South Wales, Australia, has gone Live with LIBERO Cloud following a conversion from AMLIB. ...
May 16, 2018. Chela Scott Weber to join OCLC Research as Senior Program Officer.
OCLC Research announced that Chela Scott Weber has joined the OCLC Research Library Partnership as Senior Program Officer. In this role, Weber will help enact the OCLC research and learning agenda th ...
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