A New Generation of Technologies for Libraries and Information Centers
Copyright (c) 2014 Special Libraries Association/Arabian Gulf Chapter
Abstract: Libraries and information centers in almost all sectors and geographic regions have experienced a fundamental shift where large proportions of electronic resources and digital materials complement, or even dominate, their print collections. This shift demands a response in the technical infrastructure for libraries so that they can effectively manage and provide access to these multi-faceted collections.
Breeding will describe the major changes in the realm of library automation, including the advent of a new generation of library services platforms which take a significant departure from the integrated library systems that previously dominated. A new generation of Web-scale index-based discovery services likewise provide powerful ways for library users to work with these complex and large-scale collections. These new genres of library systems take advantage of the scalability possible through cloud computing technologies and the extensibility and interoperability enabled through the services-oriented architecture.