CHICAGO — The prospect of a new automation system can be daunting. When do the benefits of moving to something new surpass the deficits of keeping the status quo? Can the products on the market deliver what libraries need to survive and prosper? Are those based on open source more flexible than proprietary systems? What about those deployed in the cloud? These and dozens more questions arise when libraries enter a selection process. Knowing the options is key to arriving at the best answers for your own organization. Marshall Breeding, who has followed the ins and outs of library technology for more than 30 years, gathers together a roster of fellow experts in the field to present the new book “Library Technology Buying Strategies.” Published by ALA Editions, this guide quickly brings new practioners, library decision makers, and budgeting staff up to speed on technology infrastructure choices, providing practical advice on such topics as:
- RFPs: what they are, how to write them and tips for getting bids;
- standards, interoperability, and trends in resource sharing;
- distinguishing between infrastructure-as-service, software-as-service, and platform-as-service when it comes to cloud computing;
- what you need to know to start planning for cloud computing;
- how library service platforms differ from the traditional ILS; and
- factors to consider when comparing e-book platforms
Breeding is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the creator and editor of the Library Technology Guides website, editor of Smart Libraries Newsletter, and a columnist for Computers in Libraries. He has authored the annual “Automation Marketplace” feature (published most recently in American Libraries) and has also edited or authored several books, including “Cloud Computing for Libraries.” Formerly the director for innovative technology and research for the Vanderbilt University Library, he regularly teaches workshops and gives presentations internationally at library conferences.
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