In this time of transition of the library automation industry, stakes are high for the vendors that are creating innovative—or even transformative—products and competing to bring these products first to the market. Establishing momentum early is essential in the library arena, which is attentive to the successes of a vendor’s peers and risk averse.
There is great hope that these rapidly maturing discovery products will not only promote information literacy strategies but also deliver what metasearch (or federated search) has failed to achieve—a Google-like interface that provides a fast, single point of entry to an institution’s relevant and vetted scholarly content. However, at the moment, even as libraries are struggling to reestablish themselves as a compelling place to start research, the three constituencies—libraries, content providers, and discovery service vendors—cannot even agree on a common vocabulary to describe what they do.
Data collected by Marshall Breeding, Director for Innovative Technology and Research, Vanderbilt University, Nashville The following charts provide the complete statistical report for the 2012 automation marketplace. Note: at the top of each table is a search box that allows you to filter rows in the table that follows. Table of Contents 2011 Sales by [...]
By Marshall Breeding, Director for Innovative Technology and Research, Vanderbilt University, Nashville In this article: Three-Year Sales Trends by Category 2011 Personnel Trends 2011 Sales by Category Discovery Trends Company Profiles Author’s Note: I’ve had the privilege of writing the Automation Marketplace for a decade. During this time, the industry has seen profound changes in [...]
The Ivy League university was a beta partner for the Summon discovery service in 2008. LJ asked Dartmouth administrators about their experiences on the cutting edge Visitors to the Baker-Berry Library, the largest library of Dartmouth College, in Hanover, NH, will be struck first by its size. It functions as the humanities and social sciences [...]