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American Library Association Annual Conference 2017 in Chicago IL

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Program sponsored by LITA: Library Information and Technology Association

Date -Time - Location
DateJune 24, 2017
Time10:30 AM-11:30 AM
LocationMcCormick Place W185BC

Executive Perspectives: A Conversation on the Future of the Library Technology Industry

Marshall Breeding, author of the annual Library Systems Report published in American Libraries, will assemble and moderate a panel of CEO or other senior executives representing organizations that produce software or services for libraries. This year's panel will include a director of an ARL library to provide reactions from the library perspective.

Breeding will give a brief introduction and will then lead a lively discussion to probe at the technology and business trends. This year the conversation will surround the topic of the convergence of content, services, and technology within the large organizations which serve libraries. This trend has been one of the key themes highlighted in the annual Library Systems Report for the last two years. Through acquisitions and other processes, several companies now have business units spanning content acquisition and distribution as well as technology products such as resource management systems and discovery services. Among other topics panelists will discuss how possible synergies among these activities benefit their companies and their library customers.

Panelists will be expected to candidly reflect the perspectives of their organizations, but not promote their products.

Hashtag: #alaexecpanel

Eric Keith,
Chief of Marketing and Strategic Alliances and Board Member
SirsiDynix has been formed through the consolidation of many of the leading library automation companies in the history of the industry. Based in Lehi, Utah, SirsiDynix has library customers of all types with a presence in almost all global regions. SirsiDynix entered the private equity fray in 2006 with its acquisition by Vista Equity Partners. ICV, a small minority owned and managed private equity firm gained majority ownership of SirsiDynix in December 2014, with minority investment by company executives. SirsiDynix continues the development and support of two flagship ILS products, Symphony and Horizon, as well an expanding family of products based on its new BLUEcloud platform.
Matti Shem Tov
Chief Executive Officer
ProQuest provides a wide range of products and services to libraries. Some of its key offerings include ProQuest Central databases, Ebook Central ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global, RefWorks citation management utility, OASIS collection management and procurement platform, Books in Print, LibraryThing for Libraries, Syndetic Solutions. ProQuest acquired Ex Libris in 2015. It's strategic technology products now include: Alma library services platform, Rosetta digital asset management and preservation, Aleph, Voyager, Primo, Summon, campusM mobile content managment platform, SIPX, and Leganto.
Todd Litzsinger,
Todd Litzsinger is the Chairman of the Board for Follett Corporation and Baker and Taylor
Follett School Solutions provides products and services for K-12 Schools and other libraries. Major products include: Destiny library management system, Aspen Student Information System, TitleWave e-commerce procurement platform, as well as educational content offerings including ebooks, audiobooks, educational databases, and streaming media. In 2016 Follett acquired Baker and Taylor, a leading provider of content to public libraries and retail outlets.
Library Perspective
Sarah Pritchard
Dean of Libraries and the Charles Deering McCormick University Librarian
Northwestern University
Sarah M. Pritchard is the Dean of Libraries and the Charles Deering McCormick University Librarian. She administers the University Library, Deering Library, Seeley G. Mudd Library, the Schaffner Library on the Chicago campus, and the Oak Grove Library Center in Waukegan. Pritchard also has oversight of the Northwestern University Press and manages shared services with the law, medical and NU-Qatar libraries.  Her prior positions include University Librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Director of Libraries at Smith College; associate executive director at the Association of Research Libraries; and several positions in reference and collection development at the Library of Congress, including LC's first subject specialist in women's studies.
Marshall Breeding
Independent Consultant
Creator and Publisher
Library Technology Guides.
Marshall Breeding works as a consultant, journalist, and analyst of the library technology industry. He is the creator of Library Technology Guides and the database of libraries. His Library Systems Report, published by American Libraries provides an annual assessment and overview of the industry. As editor of Smart Libraries Newsletter, published by ALA TechSource, he covers major events and authors a topical column in each monthly issue. Breeding was the 2010 recipient of the LITA LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science.