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ALA TechSource, an imprint of the American Library Association, publishes Library Technology Reports and Marshall Breeding’s Smart Libraries Newsletter.

Library Technology Reports, published in eight issues annually, helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects.

Smart Libraries Newsletter, a monthly, offers Marshall Breeding’s news and analysis on products, vendors, and new developments library automation marketplace.

Print subscriptions include include access to digital versions. As an introduction to our new platform Library Technology Reports and Smart Libraries Newsletter will be open access through June 2015.

ALA TechSource webinars and single-copy Library Technology Reports are available for purchase in the ALA Store.

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New Library Technology Report: Library Services Platforms

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 29, 2015 - 9:15am

Library Technology Reports (Vol. 51, No. 6) Library Services Platforms: A Mature Genre of Products, by Marshall Breeding, is at the printer. You can read it now, however, on ALA’s journal site: journals.ala.org/ltr.

The Report starts with an explanation of this class of products and how it has diverged from the traditional integrated library system to take advantage of platform architecture. You’ll see in-depth descriptions of Ex Libris Alma, Kuali OLE, OCLC WorldShare Management Services, ProQuest Intota, and Innovative Interfaces Sierra. While neutral on product recommendations, Breeding offers advice on selection and procurement strategies. Read More »