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Developments in the library automation industry in 2000-2001 and expectations for the future


Abstract: The last year witnessed many significant developments in the library automation industry. From a business perspective, the field of vendors narrowed a notch or two through mergers and acquisitions. The ambitious development agendas necessary for success require deep pockets, and library automation companies have worked out various strategies to meet these expectations in an industry known for thin profits. Technology trends in library automation continue to favor an ever-expanding universe of information services. The library automation system must continue to keep in step with the library''s evolution toward an increasingly digital environment. We see an increasing number of library automation companies engaged in the development of products related to reference linking and with the integration of expanded content into library OPACs. For the future, we can expect even more technologies that facilitate the expansion of the OPAC into new arenas of content and services for library customers. Not all the current systems will survive into the future—some legacy systems are quickly coming to the end of their lifecycle. As systems become more complex and expansive, there will be fewer to choose from. The Open Source movement has stirred a lot of discussion, but it will not make a huge impact in library automation. Breeding will expand on these and other recently developing events, trends, and issues.

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Publication Year:2001
Type of Material:Presentation
Language English
Issue:May 16, 2001
Publisher:Information Today
Place of Publication:New York, NY
Notes:10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Conference:e-Libraries 2001
Subject: Library automation -- contemporary issues
Library automation -- future directions
Library automation -- historical development
Record Number:9107
Last Update:2022-04-25 22:45:20
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00