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

Program sponsored by CORE: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures
Sponsored by CORE

Marshall Breeding, author of the annual Library Systems Report published in American Libraries, will assemble and moderate a panel of senior executives representing organizations that produce software or services for libraries.

Breeding will give a brief introduction and will then lead a lively discussion to probe at the technology and business trends. This year, the panel discussion will focus on the theme "Multiple Paths to Openness". Possible topics include the differing approaches taken to provide interoperability and extensibility among major library applications. Do applications based on open source software offer libraries practical advantages not as easily met by those based on proprietary software? Development communities thrive in both open source and vendor-developed technology ecosystems, but are there significant differences in their impact? Can APIs alone provide the level of practical openness expected by libraries, even if the underlying software is proprietary?

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

Hashtag: #alaexecpanel

American Library Association Annual Conference 2023 in Chicago, IL
Day Date Time Location
Saturday June 24, 2023 1:00pm 2:00pm Location: McCormick Place, W185bc
Lisa Carlucci
Executive Director
Equinox Open Library Initiative
Lisa Carlucci brings to Equinox two decades of library, technology, and management experience, including managing systems and services and leading the development of innovative information and educational technologies. Before joining Equinox, Lisa was the Executive Director at Library Connection, Inc., in Windsor, Connecticut, and was previously the Director of Dissemination and Implementation at C4 Innovations in Needham, Massachusetts.
Tom Jacobson
Vice President, Executive Library Advocate and Strategist
Innovative and Ex Libris, Part of Clarivate

After more than 40 years working with libraries, Tom is well-suited to advise all operations of our organization on the unique needs and opportunities for libraries and their patrons. His experience includes 25 years with Innovative, 2 years as a consultant for OCLC, and running his own consultancy, where he and his partners helped libraries operate and grow with a patron focus. Hes proficient in the best practices of ILS/LSP procurement, library workflows and operations, resource sharing and discovery technologies, and library market sizing and analysis. Tom holds a B.A. in International Relations from American University and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Maryland.
Sebastian Hammer
Co-founder and President
Index Data
Sebastian Hammer serves as Chief strategist, open source ambassador, occasional innovator and cheerleader for Index Data. He is passionate about interoperable systems and collaborative software projects. Hammer has worked with library technology for the better part of three decades.
Constance Malpas
Director, Strategic Programs
As Director, Strategic Programs for OCLC, Constance Malpas' activities include: initiate and lead cross-enterprise programs to support product development and integration in a global technology organization; partner with product directors across multiple lines of business to identify emerging market problems and design solutions that maximize OCLC's reach and impact; and collaborate with business development and marketing partners to elevate OCLC's brand as a global technology provider and thought leader.
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. Breeding was the 2010 recipient of the LITA LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science.