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Library Automation Challenges for the Next Generation


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As libraries shift toward collections of ever higher proportions of digital content, automation systems must likewise take a new form. This lecture will review the current state of library automation systems and the business climate among the companies that provide them.

Recent rounds of industry consolidation resulted in an uncomfortable narrowing of products from the traditional automation vendors. A harsh business climate contributed to the rise of the open source movement which has introduced a new dynamic in the marketplace. Open source library automation has now entered the mainstream, with support options available from a new breed of companies. Traditional automation vendors face new competition. Libraries themselves have also become involved through initiatives to produce open source products, contributing new alternatives to the mix.A new generation of library interfaces has begun to emerge that promise to put a modern face on the library’s collections and services on the Web. Libraries also demand better tools for managing electronic resources behind-the-scenes, fueling demand for electronic management systems. In broader terms, the molds of the library automation systems in place today were cast decades ago.

The presentation will explore the characteristics that a generation of library automation systems built anew for today’s libraries moving forward would embrace.

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Publication Year:2008
Type of Material:Presentation
Language English
Issue:26 August 2008
Publisher:Tilburg University
Place of Publication:Tilburg, The Netherlands
Conference:International Ticer School: Digital Libraries a la Carte
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Record Number:13487
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:2008-08-18 14:24:00