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Librarians' Assessments of Automation Systems: Survey Results, 2007–2010

For the last four years, Breeding has conducted an online survey to measure satisfaction with multiple aspects of the automation products used by libraries. In this issue of Library Technology Reports Breeding and Yelton take a deeper look at the survey data, including an expansion of findings based on the 2010 iteration, an examination of trends seen across the four years, and additional analysis not previously published. The survey data have been extended with additional fields that provide the opportunity to separate the findings into categories that show some interesting trends not otherwise apparent. Brief interpretive narratives help place the data in context.

In this Report, the authors

  • Explain the basis and origins of the survey and what it attempts to measure
  • Examine the qualitative data to find themes and trends
  • Break down the data quantitatively by library size, library type, and more
  • Provide profiles of different vendors and how they are reflected in the survey data

About the Authors

Marshall Breeding, director for innovative technology and research for the Vanderbilt University Library, is also a speaker, writer, and consultant. He is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides, a columnist forComputers in Libraries, editor of Smart Libraries, and has authored the annual “Automation Marketplace” published by Library Journal since 2002. He has authored nine issues of ALA’s Library Technology Reports, and has written many other articles and books. He regularly teaches workshops and gives presentations internationally at library conferences.

Andromeda Yelton is a member of the founding team at Gluejar. She is a 2010 Simmons GSLIS graduate interested in the intersection of people, technology, and information. Yelton is a 2011 ALA Emerging Leader and a 2010 winner of the LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award.


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