Library automation: an international perspective of the major companies and products
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Abstract: Marshall Breeding will review some of the major trends in library automation, including recent developments with library management and discovery systems. The presentation will include some comparisons with the companies and products prevalent in Sweden and other Nordic countries with those common in North America. One major focus involves the emergence of discovery products that provide a new interface for library customers, with an expanded scope of search, that can operate with any library management system. New options are emerging for basic library automation. In addition to the ever evolving LMS products, new products such as Kuali OLE and Ex Libris URM aim to provide an approach for managing library resources of all types; OCLC’s Webscale Management System allows libraries to rely on automation functionality provided through World Cat rather than a local LMS.