American Libraries Live Episode: Digging into Databases

Marshall Breeding will lead our expert panel in a discussion of how databases are changing and shaping the present and future of libraries. This interactive discussion will incorporate live audience questions and comments and cover a variety of topics, including:

  • How libraries are addressing databases and electronic resources in the wake of budget cuts
  • How discovery services impact databases
  • The current state of database-related products and vendors
  • How librarians are affected when vendors consolidate or go out of business
  • The differences and similarities in the public and academic library worlds regarding databases


Marshall Breeding is the editor of Smart Libraries Newsletter for ALA TechSource, as well as the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides and a columnist for Computers in Libraries. He has authored the annual “Automation Marketplace” feature published by Library Journal since 2002. He has edited or authored several books, includingCloud Computing for Libraries, published in 2012. Former Director for Innovative Technology and Research at the Vanderbilt University Library, he regularly teaches workshops and gives presentations internationally at library conferences.

Joining Marshall on our panel will be:

  • Michael Santangelo, Electronic Resources Coordinator, BookOps
  • Meg White, Executive Director of Technology services at Rittenhouse.


How to Register

You can pre-register at, but pre-registration is not required. You can simply go to at the time of the episode to view.