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Resources supporting the implementation of library automation--circulation, integrated library systems, federated search, discovery services, etc.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 21

Companies and products listed in this Fact Sheet are named for informational purposes only. ALA does not endorse specific products or companies. Contact companies directly for further information.

The phrase "library automation" has many diverse and unrelated meanings in the literature of librarianship. This resource guide offers a selection of print and online resources that will provide an introduction to the issues to consider when selecting technology that supports circulation, patron access, online catalog/discovery system, and integrated library systems.

ALA's American Libraries Buyers Guide offers an entire Automation category of various products and services, with companies listed in designated categories, including Bar Codes; Cataloging; Digital Archiving; Discovery Services Platform; Integrated Library Systems; Library Automated Systems; Inventory Management; OPAC; RFID; and Self-Check Systems.

We have created a list of books on library automation that may be available from your local public and/or community college library using OCLC's WorldCat.system. Also, see the entire list of Systems and Technologies titles at the ALA Online Store, including books, ebooks, eCourses, ALA TechSource Workshops, LITA Guides, and pertinent issues of eContent Quarterly and Library Technology Reports.

ALA Publications about Automation

Additional Library Automation References

Breeding, Marshall. "The Business Side of Library Automation." ALA TechSource Blog, May 6, 2010.

---. "Can We Future-Proof Library Automation?Computers in Libraries 30, no. 2 (March 2010): 29-31.

---. "Lowering the Threshold for Automation in Small Libraries." Computers in Libraries 32, no. 3 (April 2012): 23-26.

---. Library Technology Industry Reports. Library Technology Guides. (Annual, in multiple languages).

Cibbarelli, Pamela, R. "Helping You Buy ILS: Guide to ILS Vendors & Products (PDF)." Computers in Libraries 30, no. 1 (January/February 2010).​

Enis, Matt. "Library Systems Landscape". Library Journal (April). (Annual - formerly known as Automation Marketplace). 

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