Library Technology Guides includes a variety of tools to explore trends related to the technology products and services implemented by libraries. Much of this data comes from libraries.org which includes data describing the current and previous technology products used by each library and implementation dates. The data in libraries should not be considered comprehensive, but provides strong representation for the major international products and for selected geographic regions.
This resource presents a graphical view of the mergers and acquisitions that have shaped the library technology industry from 1968 to the present.
The annual Library Automation Perceptions Report provide evaluative ratings submitted by individuals describing their experiences with automation products in place in thier libraries. The survey results include statistical tables summarizing results and narrative comments. The reports analyze the results of the survey, presenting a variety of statistical tables based on the data collected
This tool provides data on the previous automation systems relative to the current systems currently installed. It presents a pie chart to visually represent the patterns as well as a tabular presentation. Each slice of the pie chart and legand titles link to lists of the libraries that follow this migration pattern. The tool includes selections for the major automation systems, the year selected, and whether to count by number of libraries or by installations. A consortial implemention is an example of an installation that represents multiple library organizations.
Displays a breakdown of the deployments of each library resource management system according to type of library. Includes both a pie chart and a tabular presentation. Each pie slice or table entry links to lists of the libraries represented.
Displays a breakdown of the deployments of each library resource management system according to size categories of the libraries. Includes both a pie chart and a tabular presentation. Each pie slice or table entry links to lists of the libraries represented.
These reports present the breakdown of ILS products implemented, both by the number of library organizations implementing each product as well as the number of facilities involved. Keep in mind that these reports rely entirely on the data coded in libraries.org. Each report generates a pie charg showing numbers an proportions of each ILS. Clicking on the name of the ILS generates a query to libraries.org lists the specific libraries.
This tool presents the number of libraries that have selected or replaced a library technology product across a range of years. The results are presented in two separate bar graphs. The scale of the selection and de-selection graphs are set consistently for an accurate visualation of the net loss or gain of a product each year.
This report counts and lists the automation systems recorded as selected or installed in any given year with a breakdown of the previous systems displaced. The reports are based on the data recorded in the libraries.org database.
This report counts and lists the automation systems replaced any given year with a breakdown of the new systems which were selected. The reports are based on the data recorded in the libraries.org database.
This report extracts data from librarie.org related to the impact of selections of a given technology product in the specified year. It presents a table of the libraries or consortia that have selected the specified product in that year, and attempts to calculate the total market impact based on number of contracts, organizations included, and facilities represented. The impact also factors in collection size. This tool remains under development, but can be taken as a rough measure of the relative impact contributed by each product.
This report includes tables presenting the sales statistics reported by each vendor for the annual Library Systems Report.
This report includes tables presenting the statistics of total installations (regardless of year sold) reported by each vendor for the annual Library Systems Report.
This report presents a table of each of the countries represented in the libraries.org database, with breakdowns by type.
This tool presents a global map illustrating the numbers of installations of a product by country.
This resource lists the libraries associated with each of the Carnegie classification categories and the automation systems that they use.
This resource lists the members of the Association of Research Libraries and the automation systems each as implemented.
This resource describes the total numbers of personnel employed for each of the major library technology companies, based on statistics reported for the annual Library Systems Report published in Library Journal and American Libraries.
This tool helps to asess whether there is a net loss or gain in personnel as a company consolidates relative to the incumbent organization. The table includes the total personnel employed by each incumbent company and the total personnel employed across the previously unmerged companies.
This chart compares the development timelines for each of the major library services platforms and when libraries began using each product.