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Library Systems Report 2021: Advancing library technologies in challenging times

American Libraries [May 1, 2021]

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Abstract: In a year complicated by a global pandemic, the community of vendors providing technologies to libraries made important strides to meet pressing needs and make ongoing progress in their longer-term initiatives. Though the pandemic disrupted library services—as well as funding—in 2020, concerted efforts were made to fulfill the demands of users to the extent possible. Almost all vendors made sharp turns to expand access to digital collections and services in order to compensate for diminished access to physical materials. Only a few minor acquisitions took place in this deeply consolidated industry last year. Unlike in 2019, none of these transactions altered the overall balance of power among competitors. Vendors made extraordinary efforts to help customer libraries cope with changed services while they continued product development agendas looking beyond current circumstances.

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Publication Year:2021
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: American Libraries
Issue:May 1, 2021
Publisher:American Library Association
Series: Library Systems Report
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
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Online access:https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2021/05/03/2021-library-systems-report/
Record Number:26215
Last Update:2022-06-24 17:25:30
Date Created:2021-05-03 09:22:10
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