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Monday, April 4 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
EBSCO Luncheon - Community and Modularity: the Redefining of Library Technology

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Library technology has traditionally centered on the integrated library system (ILS) or library services platform (LSP).  The ILS/LSP provides libraries with a holistic solution to manage all aspects of the library’s operations. Yet, at times, an ‘all-inclusive’ approach to library management may not be required or even desired. Libraries may indeed have an interest in deconstructing the technology ecosphere by choosing those applications or modules that best serve their needs. Done right, a new model, centered on choice, and focused on ‘best of breed’ services and applications, can bring increased efficiencies and result in better services.

Deconstruction may in fact be well underway. Worldwide libraries are stitching together a loosely associated ecosphere of applications. This tapestry – which includes ‘stand-alone’ discovery, self-check systems, and ‘core’ ILS modules – goes beyond library applications, extending into other areas such as business intelligence (BI), customer relationship management (CRM), and financials (ERP). 

Of course, choice has its challenges. How does the tapestry, after all, take shape? The library community, as such, plays a pivotal role in the facilitation of choice. Think increased engagement around interoperability standards, and more involvement in promoting – and developing – open source solutions that best align with a library’s mission. 

This presentation will showcase and discuss approaches to making choice real. Specific topics will include current trends of tying applications together and the concept of community as the cornerstone of a new, deconstructed paradigm in library technology.  


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Neil Block

VP, Global Open Source Innovation, EBSCO

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EBSCO Information Services

EBSCO Information Services provides a complete and optimized research solution comprised of research databases, e-books and e-journals—all combined with the most powerful discovery service and management resources to support the information and collection development needs of... Read More →

Monday April 4, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Grand Ballroom