Kōtui Leading the way in Cooperative Automation
Copyright (c) 2012 Kōtui
Abstract: Marshall Breeding will focus on trends involving ever larger groups of libraries coming together to share automation and resource-sharing infrastructure. In many geographic areas library automation environments are consolidating into ever larger systems. Multiple established consortia are merging together and new consortia are emerging. Interest in state-wide and nation-wide infrastructure for library automation continues to grow. Library management systems, both the established ones and the new-generation products, seem well able to scale up to the largest conceivable implementation, with organizational and political issues imposing more constraint than the capabilities of the technology. But in times of ever constrained resources and interest in the strongest resource sharing possibilities, these large consolidated library automation implementations seem to be an important and mostly positive trend.