Making the Right Choice: Software Purchases for Your Library’s Needs and Budget with Marshall Breeding

By Daniel A. Freeman |

Marshall Breeding will be hosting the first of our ALA TechSource Online Workshops, Making the Right Choice: Software Purchases for Your Library’s Needs. The event will take place on Tuesday July 20th at 1:30pm Central/2:30pm Eastern/11:30am Pacific.

In today’s library, decisions involving which software to use are crucial. The right decision can make your library more efficient, user-friendly and economical, while the wrong decision can have a lasting negative impact on your service and budget.

If your library needs to change or upgrade its Integrated Library System, you know how challenging the process of selecting and implementing software is, and that failure is not an option when it comes to finding tools that align with your budget and strategic mission.

In this exclusive online event, library automation industry expert Marshall Breeding will show you how to assess your needs based on the size, scope, mission and budget of your library, and make your software decisions the right way. 

Breeding will work closely with participants and provide practical information that will help you through this challenging process.  The workshop will suggest the sequence of steps involved in an ILS procurement from strategic planning through final implementation. 

The workshop will not promote any given automation product or model.  The processes mentioned will be neutral relative to proprietary or open source licensing, local installations or software-as-a-service, and other conceptual alternatives.  The workshop will suggest methods to help the library select the model and product that best meets its strategic direction and operational requirements.

Topics covered will include:

  • Strategic Planning: Reviewing what’s behind your motive to change your software and assessing your needs based on your budget
  • Organizational planning: How to prepare your organization to respond most efficiently to the change
  • Implementing a new ILS vs. Implementing a Discovery System
  • Evaluating  and selecting software
  • Implementing software


Registration for this event is only $50.00 (10% discount for ALA Members), and can be purchased at the 
ALA Store: http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=3013

Marshall Breeding serves as the Director for Innovative Technologies and Research for the Vanderbilt University Libraries in Nashville, TN. He has been involved with library automation for 25 years and has accumulated experience through both hands-on involvement and in his role as an industry analyst and journalist.  He is a regular presenter at library conferences and workshops including Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian; he is also a LITA Top Technology Trends panelist at ALA conferences and  has been an invited speaker for events throughout the United States and overseas.