Paradigm Shift: A Slate of New Automation Platforms address Current and Future Library Realities
Copyright (c) 2012 Multimedia Information and Technology Group
Abstract: The operations of libraries focus on ever increasing proportions and electronic and digital content relative to print materials. The structure of the legacy library management systems that dominated the last three or more decades of library automation was rooted in print, though some products have evolved better than others to accommodate modern content formats. The established worldview that libraries can rely on one set of automation tools for print and another set for managing digital collections and electronic subscriptions is in danger of collapse in favor of library services platforms that aim toward a more unified approach to resource management. Breeding will provide an overview of the new library automation products now emerging and how they differ amongst themselves and from traditional library management systems. He will also provide information on the development progress of each of these new products and any trends relative to their adoption in libraries and forecast their longer term impact on the library automation industry.