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October 2012


Balancing Continuity and Change through Business Transitions

Libraries expect continuity from the organizations that they rely on for strategic technology products. Libraries tend to make use of their automation products for incredibly long periods and expect them to be supported and enhanced throughout a prolonged life cycle. I observe that a typical lifespan of an integrated library system implementation in a library exceeds a decade, with some libraries keeping systems in place for as long as 25 years. It’s even more common to see a library transition through a series of automation products provided through the same vendor. While many libraries do change vendors, I observe that the tendency is to be loyal to automation suppliers.

--Marshall Breeding


Also in this issue

  • New Executive Leadership at Innovative Interfaces
  • New Management at Bibliotheca
  • BIBSYS and OCLC Withdraw from Partnership
  • OCLC Expands Opportunities for Sharing WorldCat Metadata
  • Library Technology News in Brief



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