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

Implementing Library Technology

Image of desktop computer, tablet and mobile phone with text that reads:Implementing Library TecThe 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.


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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).