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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 issues related to the ongoing consolidation of the library technology industry. Possible topics include the impact business consolidation might have on the development and support of technology products for libraries. Does the increased involvement by companies offering content and workflow products matter? Will there by synergies or interdependencies between content offerings and the technology systems. Does the involvement of large-scale businesses provide opportunities for products based on open source that may lessen dependence on vendors.

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

Hashtag: #alaexecpanel

American Library Association Annual Conference 2022 in Washington DC
Day Date Time Location
Saturday June 25, 2022 1:00pm – 2:00pm Location: Washington Convention Center, 145B
Annette Murphy
Chief Executive Officer
The Library Corporation
Annette Harwood Murphy has guided TLC’s strategic planning, fiscal operations, and administration since 1975. TLC creates automation technology for libraries and school districts of all sizes, including some of the busiest libraries in the world. The company serves over 5,000 libraries world-wide with about 200 staff members from its offices in the United States and abroad. Under Mrs. Murphy’s leadership, the TLC corporate family has grown to include CARL Corporation (acquired in 2000) and Tech Logic Corporation (majority stockholder share acquired in 2005). In addition, TLC has established strategic partnerships with leading companies throughout the world to offer more products and services – and more choices – to the library community.
Susan Pastore
Senior Vice President, North American Sales
Susan Pastore joined bibliotheca in May of 2022 as Senior Vice-President of Sales/NA. Susan is an industry veteran who has spent her career in companies and services surrounding library technology and content production. Susan began working with library technology, specifically integrated library systems, as first a customer and sales trainer, before moving into sales at GEAC Library Systems, Endeavor Information Systems and most recently, Ex Libris.
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.
Jessie Zairo
Director of Library Sales and Outreach
ByWater Solutions
Jessie Zairo has both graduate and undergraduate degrees in Library Science; receiving her MLIS from the University of South Florida. Her previous experience as a Law Librarian and as Member Services Coordinator for an 18 county library consortium in Florida provided her with the opportunity to work and train with libraries of all sizes and types. Her primary professional interests are advocacy, outreach and training library staff on everything from technology to project management and customer service techniques.
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.