ATG Article of the Week: Library Systems Report 2017: Competing visions for technology, openness, and workflow

American Libraries has published Marshall Breeding’ s comprehensive annual analysis of library systems and his main observation is no surprise. Consolidation is “deep and wide.”

In his report, Library Systems Report 2017: Competing visions for technology, openness, and workflow Mr. Breedings starts by noting that “the library technology industry has entered a new phase: business consolidation and technology innovation. Development of products and services to support the increasingly complex work of libraries remains in an ever-decreasing number of hands. Not only have technology-focused companies consolidated themselves, they have become subsumed within higher-level organizations with broad portfolios of diverse business activities. The survivors of this transformed industry now bear responsibility to deliver innovation from their amassed capacity. Modern web-based systems delivering traditional library automation and discovery capabilities are now merely table stakes. Real progress depends on building out these platforms to support the new areas of service emerging within each type of library…

(More statistics on sales performance, installations, and personnel for 2016 are available here.)

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