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Abstract: This keynote session will help conference attendees think beyond the present & consider the kinds of features that libraries should expect in the next generation of automation systems. Breeding will discuss some of the broad trends that public libraries need to take into consideration as they build their technology infrastructure and their Web presence.   He will include libraries’ need to continually challenge their automation vendor partners to develop technologies that will help them fulfill their strategic mission in a rapidly evolving world.  


In this keynote session, Marshall Breeding aims to help conference attendees think beyond the present and consider the kinds of features that libraries should expect in the next generation of automation systems. Delivering relevant services to library patrons has never been more challenging than in today’s times.  Libraries compete for the attention of their ever more Web-savvy users in an ever more crowded landscape of information providers.  Generational transitions have an impact on libraries: what types of services can a library offer to appeal to the members of millennial generation that don’t conflict with the needs of older library patrons?  We’re seeing a new generation of library interfaces emerge that aims to deliver library content and services on the Web through a more modern approach that can be used effectively by both Web experts and novices. Breeding will discuss some of the broad trends that public libraries need to take into consideration as they build their technology infrastructure and their Web presence.  We live in a phase of library automation characterized by demand for a more modern approach, especially on the user interface.  The new generation of library automation makes several important departures from what came before.   Web 2.0 continues to receive a lot of attention and has become an important ingredient in the new library interfaces, but should be considered in the context of other strategic technologies.  Libraries need to continually challenge their automation vendor partners to develop technologies that will help them fulfill their strategic mission in a rapidly evolving world. 
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Publication Year:2008
Type of Material:Presentation
Language English
Issue:October 3, 2008
Publisher:Polaris User Group
Place of Publication:Syracuse, NY
Conference:Polaris Users Group Annual Conference 2008
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Record Number:13565
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:2008-10-03 13:04:13