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Library Systems: Curent Developments and Future Directions

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Copyright (c) 1998 Council on Library and Information Resources

Abstract: The Council on Library and Information Resources commissioned this report in response to concerns expressed to us about he gap between institutional digital library initiatives and the products offered by library systems vendors. Leigh Watson Healy, in this commissioned study, analyzes from the perspective of libraries the strategies, visions, and products that vendors of integrated library systems are offering as solutions. She has also developed case studies of different types of libraries that have installed commercially available systems to provide a snapshot of the extent o which these systems met the needs of the institutions. Those who are looking for information about he "best" commercially available library management system will be disappointed. This report is not meant o be a comparative study of integrated library systems, nor does it analyze all of the features of these systems. The focus of this study is the needs of libraries, and the analysis is meant o help librarians determine to what extent he integrated library systems vendors deliver products to met hose needs. Any librarian in the process of choosing an integrated library system will have to do far more research than is detailed in this report, but we hope that the discussions of company philosophies and approaches will stimulate library discussions about long-term institutional strategies. Leigh Watson Healy has provided an excellent starting point for discussions that must take place in all sizes and types of libraries as they begin to make use of Web-based technologies for the discovery and retrieval of information in many different formats. We are pleased to offer this report as a stimulus.


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Publication Year:1998
Type of Material:Document
Language English
Issue:May 1998
Publisher:Council on Library and Information Resources
Notes:Leigh Watson Healy operates a consulting business focused on the information technology, publishing, and library markets, and is based in the Tampa Bay area.
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