Perceptions 2011: An International Survey of Library Automation
Library Technology Guides
[January 28, 2012]
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Abstract: The ability for libraries to carry out their operations efficiently and effectively depends—at least to a certain extent—on having an automation system well suited to their needs. In any given year, we see a certain level of churn of libraries migrating from automation systems deemed obsolete or ill-fitting to their current expectations, moving on to new alternatives. The pool of choices for new automation products spans a set of diverse options, though within a limited pool, narrowed by the continual process of industry consolidation. Libraries in immediate need of replacing their current system, or in the process of making longer term technology strategies, need data from a variety of sources as they evaluate options. Technical documentation, marketing materials, product demonstrations, product vision statements and functionality checklists represent some sources of information to help libraries evaluate automation products.