One of my assignments for the recent American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA was to cover the exhibit hall for American Libraries. I consider the time spent in the exhibits as an important part of my conference schedule. It's great to connect with the many different colleagues associated with the various vendors and to get a glimpse of new technology products and gather news about any important developments in the industry.
My summary of the exhibits appeared online and was included in the August 2012 print edition of American Libraries.
Interested buyers found tech products that press beyond established boundaries as well as those that enable bread-and-butter library activities in the Anaheim Convention Center during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference. Products ranged from discovery services that aim to deliver access to the universe of library collections to new library management systems bringing together print, electronic, and digital resources and ebook-delivery products for those in search of innovative, pragmatic solutions. Integration was a common theme: Business partnerships and technical APIs enabled products and services to blend into seamless patron interfaces. But with budgets tighter than ever, any tech product that saves libraries time and money deserves attention. [continue...]
Marshall Breeding Aug 12, 2012 10:42:11
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