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

Program sponsored by LITA: Library Information and Technology Association
Sponsored by LITA

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 issues related to the use of open source software for core resource management, repository, and discovery systems. Topics that we might address might include the relative maturity of open source solutions, how this approach appeals to technologists and administrators in libraries, business models involved, opportunities for innovation, and challenges seen relative to proprietary software.

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

Hashtag: #alaexecpanel

American Library Association Annual Conference 2019 in Washington DC
Day Date Time Location
Monday June 24, 2019 1:00 AM to 2:00pm Washington Convention Center, 146A
Brendan A. Gallagher
Chief Executive Officer
ByWater Solutions
Brendan founded ByWater Solutions in 2008 and is an expert on installation, data migration, and customization of many open source platforms. He graduated with an MLS from Southern Connecticut State University. He was a member of the first class of ALA Emerging Leaders where he focused on ways those in the library profession could re-brand themselves in the digital world. He was honored as Alumni of the Year for the Southern Connecticut State University in 2011. Brendan has worked in all types of libraries (Public, Academic, and Special libraries).
Mike Rylander,
Executive Director
Equinox Software Initiative
Mike Rylander was born in San Diego, but has lived in Georgia for over almost thirty years. Mike has held a wide variety of technical positions, but he started his career in the 90’s repairing SCO and AIX-based servers. From there he progressed into Linux support, to systems engineer, and finally to software development and DBA duties. In 2004, Mike was hired by the Georgia Public Library Service to help develop Evergreen. Mike’s role has always been one of designer and architect. In fact, the innovative OpenSRF infrastructure that lies underneath Evergreen was his brainchild. At Equinox, he leads all technical-leaning efforts including software development, systems engineering, and technical support. Mike loves explaining technical things to the non-technical, and solving problems.
Laurie Arp
Director of Collections Services and Community Supported Software
Laurie Gemmill Arp is the Director of Collections Services and Community Supported Software at LYRASIS. Laurie's professional interests focus on the intersection of collections, technology and people. In her position, Laurie supervises ArchivesSpace and CollectionSpace, two community supported open source collection management software programs housed at LYRASIS. Laurie provides coordination between the organizational homes and the programs and support for activities such as governance, strategic planning and developing partnerships. She served as Principal Investigator for the IMLS funded "It Takes a Village: Open Source Software Models of Collaboration and Sustainability." Laurie also directs the activities related to digitization and preservation including training and consulting services. Previously, she worked for OCLC in positions including Senior Implementation Program Manager and Digital Projects Specialist. For the Ohio Historical Society, she managed several award-winning digital projects and served as the State Archivist. She received her MLIS from UCLA; her MA from UC Irvine; and her BA from UC San Diego. Laurie was appointed to serve on the State Library of Ohio Board in 2015 and currently serves as President.
Lynn Bailey
Chief Executive Officer and CFO
Index Data
Lynn Bailey was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Index Data in 2007. Ms. Bailey’s responsibilities include financial oversight, executive-level relations with key customers, and strategic planning. She is a key participant in the company’s current initiative, FOLIO, a global collaboration to implement a true, open software platform for libraries. Ms. Bailey actively participates in strategic conversations about the future of libraries and regularly speaks about FOLIO’s UX-centric approach to innovating in the space. Prior to joining Index Data, Ms. Bailey had a successful 15-year career at AT&T where she focused on emerging technologies, Internet solutions and data networking. Ms. Bailey holds a B.S. in Management Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Neil Block
Vice President for Global Open Source Innovation
EBSCO Information Services
Neil Block is Vice President for Global Open Source Innovation. He was formerly president of Innovative Interfaces. Block received his MLIS degree from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Over the last 25+ years, he has worked at multiple technology companies in the library world, and now he joins EBSCO, the library vendor with the largest technology team, to focus on the company’s flagship technology product FOLIO.
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.