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Technology to Amplify the Impact of Libraries
Computers in Libraries - Westport
Subjects: Library collections; Automation; Academic libraries; Collaboration; Metadata; E-books; Efficiency; Internet resources; Linked Data; Collection development; Discovery tools; Integrated library systems-ILS; Library management; User services
Author: Breeding, Marshall
Date: Jan/Feb 2017
Start Page: 8
Pages: 2
Section: The Systems Librarian
Abstract (Document Summary)

When thinking about the role of technology in libraries, the author more excited about the things that don't just use computers to perform tasks in the same ways as they have always been done, but go beyond to transform library activities in creative ways. However, in the library arena, technology has mostly bolstered efficiency and has rarely proven to be truly transformational. Integrated library systems (ILS) have long been the workhorses of library automation. ILSs have been essential in automating a broad range of tasks performed in the technical services and circulation departments of libraries. One of the most interesting approaches to increasing impact can be seen in the collaborative implementation of technology infrastructure, creating shared collections many times larger than what can be offered by an individual library. This approach isn't new. However, they are seeing a wave of shared implementations of library services platforms that are bringing together libraries that have previously automated individually.

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