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July 2010

Qualifying Qualities for Tech Partners

This newsletter often spotlights the companies that provide technology-related products and services to libraries. It’s a diverse group of organizations, including large international companies, large non-profit membership organizations as well as medium-sized and small firms. The ownership and business models also vary. Some base their offerings on proprietary products as others promote open source software. Some trace their roots to the pioneering days of library automation while others emerged more recently. As libraries make strategic technology decisions, one of the important components involves assessing the qualifications of these organizations. I don’t have an inclination in favor of or against any of these business configurations, but libraries need to look carefully for the qualities that identify an organization as a worthy technology partner. Given that libraries tend to stay with their automation product for more than a decade, these decisions will have a long-term impact.

--Marshall Breeding

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