Current state of library automation: IOLS technologies, marketplace trends, and future expectations
Abstract: From the conference program: Marshall Breeding, former editor of Library Software Review, will provide an assessment of the current state of library automation. He will describe some of the current trends in the development of library automation systems, the types of technologies used in these systems, and the progress the major vendors are making in their latest-generation systems. Many libraries are implementing new library automation systems. Breeding will describe some of the trends he sees in the systems libraries are selecting. Although the library''s IOLS and online catalog remain the cornerstone of the library''s operation, most libraries are increasingly involved in providing access to a variety of other Web-based information resources. Breeding will suggest a few trends to watch for in the library automation arena.