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Library Automation Firms Seek Strategic Advantages

Christian Science Monitor [Dec 16, 1993]

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Abstract: COMPETITION is intense in the library automation industry. One result is that the lineup of hardware and software vendors has been changing almost as rapidly as the tide. "It’s becoming very confusing," says Frank Bridge, president of Frank R. Bridge Consulting Inc., a library technology and management consulting firm in Austin, Texas.Among recent major alliances: Ameritech Information Systems of Dublin, Ohio, acquired Dynix Inc. of Provo, Utah; Canadian-based Gaec Computer Corporation Ltd. purchased CLSI Inc., located in Newtonville, Mass.; and Data Research Associate Inc. in St. Louis acquired INLEX Inc. of Monterey, Calif.Companies like Comstow’s customer Bolt, Baranek and Newman Inc., a Cambridge, Mass., communications company, use a variety of on-line solutions. Comstow’s Bibliotech product performs the "traditional" library functions, such as cataloging and checking materials in and out, says library manager Marian Bremer. The BBN library also uses CD-ROM products available from commercial vendors, and it searches the Internet to locate external information.

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Publication Year:1993
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Christian Science Monitor
Issue:Dec 16, 1993
Publisher:Christian Science Monitor
Place of Publication:Boston
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Record Number:14043
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