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The Power of the Platform

Computers in Libraries [November 2016]

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Abstract: A major development in the most recent phase of library technology can be seen in the emergence of library services platforms (LSP). ILSs have previously stood as the prevailing model for the technology supporting the management and access of library collections and for the automation of library operations. These two approaches continue in parallel. While LSPs have attracted great interest by academic and research libraries, the ILS persists among public, school, and special libraries. In this current phase, web-based multi-tenant platforms have been well accepted in the broader IT landscape for quite some time. Development of LSPs in this vein commenced in about 2009, with these products advancing mostly among academic libraries. Other types of libraries continue to rely on ILSs gradually evolving from functional and technical designs rooted in the previous era. In the long term, the author anticipate that the platform approach will dominate all aspects of the library-technology arena.


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Publication Year:2016
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Computers in Libraries
Publication Info:Volume 36 Number 09
Issue:November 2016
Publisher:Information Today
Series: Systems Librarian
Place of Publication:Medford, NJ
Notes:Systems Librarian Column
Show FT:N
ISBN:1041-7915
Record Number:22052
Last Update:2016-12-04 16:13:56
Date Created:2016-12-04 16:11:41