Library Automation Trends in Transition: Can new forces disrupt longstanding patterns?
Copyright (c) 2008 Oxford University
Abstract: Marshall Breeding, Director for Innovative Technologies and Research and Vanderbilt University Library, gives a view of the current state library automation arena and looks forward as some of the trends evolve. Especially in North America, but also in other regions, open source software has made a large impact on the market. Will it displace the dominant position of the current commercial vendors? As electronic content increases in proportion for libraries, new models of automation are beginning to emerge that break away from the mould cast decades ago. A new genre of discovery interfaces, based on a new set of assumptions have gained wide interest and are displacing many of the traditional library OPACS. Breeding will discuss these topics and give a brief overview of the current vendor landscape, and will respond to questions and discussion from the audience.