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Integrated Library Systems and Dis-Integrative Pressures

International Trends in Library and Information Technology []


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Abstract: Abstract: Automated library systems began small and have consistently, if not steadily, traced an arc from less to more integration. Economies of scale, a desire not to duplicate data unnecessarily, and the advantages of smooth and complete integration have been unanswerable arguments as applications have grown from single-purpose utilities to fully integrated systems, providing a wide array of core services to libraries. But throughout this history, there have also always been arguments in favour of less integration and more specialisation of function. Monolithic systems cannot provide the level of quality in many features that a small, focused implementation can in one, nor does a unified system offer as much opportunity for customisation and flexibility as one assembled from “best of class” applications. The tension between these two alternative views has been and will continue to be an important factor in the development of library systems. As the mission of libraries expands and brings with it a proliferation of automated systems, the need to integrate them will almost certainly prove stronger than the desire for superior functionality. But system developers must take into account the requirement for flexibility or they will alienate some of their most gifted potential users. Keyword: Intergraded Library System, Library Automation, Library System

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Publication Year:2014
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: International Trends in Library and Information Technology
Publication Info:Volume 1 Number 2
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Subject: Library Services Platforms
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Record Number:20141
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