Three former executives of the library technology industry have formed a new consultancy called Third Chapter Partners (http://www.thirdchapter.com/) to offer a variety of technology-oriented services for libraries and related organizations. Each partner comes with extensive experience gained from working with libraries from the library vendor arena, each with a somewhat different background and area of focus. Partners include Gene Shimshock, formerly Vice President Global Marketing at Innovative Interfaces, Ted Fons formerly Executive Director for Data Services for OCLC and Director of Customer Services at Innovative Interfaces, and Tom Jacobson who held a variety of roles in his 24 years with Innovative.
The consolidation and transformation of the library technology industry in recent years has led to considerable turnover at all levels in many companies, leading to displacement of experienced individuals. While the formation of a new small consulting firm may be a small event relative to those that make headlines, it is representative of the churn of talent that comes with these industry changes.