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Moving Forward, Letting Go
Computers in Libraries - Westport
Subjects: Standards; Search engines; Libraries; Management; Metadata; Channels; Cooperation; Organizations; Efficiency; Library collections; Tangents; Communities; Innovation; Dynamical systems; Infrastructure; Automation; Ecosystems; Product innovation
Author: Breeding, Marshall
Date: May 2017
Start Page: 14
Pages: 2
Section: The Systems Librarian
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Libraries strive to be current and relevant in the ways they serve their communities. At the same time, we hold fast to certain values and well-established ways of accomplishing our work. These two tendencies exist in tension and define many of the struggles libraries face in their organizations. The technology products supporting library operations are often caught in the dynamics of these opposing tangents. The technologies and standards involved in the management of library collections have been shaped by a rich history, each stage of which has led to better cooperation and more efficiency. Libraries will venture into the future, balancing opposing tendencies to hold fast to certain well-established principles and practices while embracing new channels of innovation. The technology-based systems that support libraries likewise exist in the context of this same tension, supporting appropriate aspects of long-standing practice and standards as well as enabling libraries to be agile and meet fast-changing expectations.

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