Perceptions 2012: An International Survey of Library Automation
Library Technology Guides
[January 21, 2013]
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Abstract: This sixth annual Library Automation Perceptions Report provides evaluative ratings submitted by individuals representing over three thousand libraries from 67 countries describing experiences with 139 different automation products, including both proprietary and open source systems. The survey results include 679 narrative comments providing candid statements -- both positive and negative – about the products and companies involved or statements of intent regarding future automation plans. This report analyzes the results of the survey, presents a variety of statistical tables based on the data collected, and provides some initial observations. It aims to provide information to libraries as they evaluate their options for strategic technology products and to the organizations involved in providing these products and services as constructive criticism to help guide improvements.