Library Management and Discovery: a new generation of Technology
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Abstract: Libraries today face incredible challenges brought on by shifts in their collections to include an ever increasing array of electronic content, never-ending budget pressures, and rising expectations by their customers for instant access to information. In response to these challenges, libraries demand more effective and efficient automation solutions with requirements for additional features and functionality aligned with these new realities that may not have been present in previous automation products. In the past, libraries could gain adequate automation by choosing the best library management system that fit their technical requirements and budget. Now, for better or worse, many choices now exist that represent quite different paths, including decisions regarding open source versus proprietary products, evolutionary library management systems versus new-generation library services platforms, online catalogs versus discovery services, locally implemented versus cloud-based deployment. Marshall Breeding will present an overview of the current library automation landscape, highlighting the advantages and concerns presented by this new state of alternatives.