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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’s panel discussion will center on technologies which support the expanding role of libraries into their communities and parent institutions. I am interested in the panelists perspectives on how their organizations are providing or developing technologies beyond the traditional resource management and discovery products.

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

Hashtag: #alaexecpanel

American Library Association Annual Conference 2018 in New Orleans, LA
Day Date Time Location
Saturday June 23, 2018 10:30 AM-11:30 AM MCC 293
Berit Nelson,
Chief Product Officer
For Berit Nelson, the pursuit of library science began on the path to law school when she talked to a law librarian and found herself drawn to the information side of the industry. Perhaps serendipitously – we like to think so – her plans detoured once again in the library science program when she found herself gravitating more toward the automation and programming courses. The rest was history, and she’s been bridging specialties ever since, translating library needs into SirsiDynix action items to improve the way libraries function.
Jane Burke
VP Strategic Initiatives
Jane Burke has joined Ex Libris after ten years with ProQuest. Ms. Burke was instrumental in leading the business unit of ProQuest that developed software solutions, as well as serving in other senior leadership roles for ProQuest. Ms. Burke is a well-known and respected leader in the information solutions industry. Prior to joining ProQuest, she co-founded and served as President/CEO of Endeavor Information Systems until its sale to Reed-Elsevier. Under her direction, Endeavor grew to become a $25 million company with a reputation for being customer-centric. In addition to working as a librarian at Cook Memorial Library in Libertyville Illinois early in her career, Ms. Burke also served as President of NOTIS Systems, a technology transfer out of Northwestern University.
Beth Jefferson,
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Beth Jefferson is the CEO of BiblioCommons, which she co-founded in 2007. BiblioCommons represents the convergence of Beth’s interest in libraries, education and technology, and her past experience with tech platforms. Prior to BiblioCommons, Beth founded two other web services projects (including the Perf!nk Project, an online teen literacy initiative created in partnership with Toronto Public Library) and served as head of the Analytics and Information Services teams at the Loyalty Group. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mary Sauer-Games
Vice President, Product Management and Product Marketing
Mary Sauer-Games joined OCLC in September 2014 as Vice President of Global Product Management. She came to OCLC from the American Psychological Association. From 2002 to February 2014, she was Vice President, Product Management–Humanities, STM and Dissertations at ProQuest. Before that, from 1999 through 2002, she was Vice President, Product Management, at the Gale Group. An active participant in publishing and information technology communities, Mary has served on boards with the National Federation of Advanced Information Services and CrossRef. She has also been active on a regional board of the March of Dimes. Mary holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree from University of Michigan–Dearborn and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Kalamazoo College.
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.