Tag Archives: Marshall Breeding

2020 Library Systems Report from Marshall Breeding is now available

(1 May 2020)  From the introduction: The library technology industry took some significant turns in 2019. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, acquired Innovative Interfaces and shifted the balance of power, strengthening Ex Libris’s position in technology for academic libraries and propelling it as a major player in public libraries. This move narrows the slate of competitors in […]


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Library Systems Report 2018

New technologies enable an expanded vision of library services By Marshall Breeding (1 May 2018) A plethora of integrated library systems (ILS) with long lineages pervades the industry. In many respects these products have not only matured in functionality but have also adapted to changing expectations. The ILS continues to be the dominant solution for […]


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Library Systems Report 2017: Competing visions for technology, openness, and workflow

(4 May 2017)  The 2017 edition of the annual industry report produced by Marshall Breeding since 2002 has been published by American Libraries. The report is available online and in the May 2017 print issue. The library technology industry has entered a new phase: business consolidation and technology innovation. Development of products and services to […]


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Perceptions 2016: An International Survey of Library Automation

(25 January 2017) Marshall Breeding has posted on his website the results of the tenth annual survey of data collected on how libraries rate their current integrated library system, the company involved, and the quality of customer support. Perceptions 2016: an international survey of library automation gives the general conclusions and presents all the statistical […]


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Marshall Breeding’s library technology buying strategies

(14 June 2016, Chicago) The prospect of a new automation system can be daunting. When do the benefits of moving to something new surpass the deficits of keeping the status quo? Can the products on the market deliver what libraries need to survive and prosper? Are those based on open source more flexible than proprietary […]


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Perceptions 2015: An International Survey of Library Automation

(2 February 2016) Marshall Breeding has posted the results of the ninth annual survey on how libraries rate their current integrated library system, the company involved, and the quality of customer support. Perceptions 2015: an international survey of library automation gives the general conclusions and presents all the statistical results derived from the survey. As […]


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NISO white paper explores the future of library resource discovery

(23 February 2015, Baltimore, MD) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a white paper, The Future of Library Resource Discovery, written by independent consultant, speaker, and author Marshall Breeding. The white paper was commissioned by NISO’s Discovery to Delivery (D2D) Topic Committee as part of its ongoing examination of areas in the discovery […]


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Perceptions 2014: An International Survey of Library Automation

(10 February 2015) This eighth annual Library Automation Perceptions Report from Marshall Breeding provides evaluative ratings submitted by individuals representing over three thousand libraries from 80 countries describing experiences with 154 different automation products, including both proprietary and open source systems. The survey results include 994 narrative comments providing candid statements — both positive and […]


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ICV Partners acquires SirsiDynix

(7 January 2015)  After more than eight years of ownership, Vista Equity Partners has sold SirsiDynix to ICV Partners, with Vista retaining and company executives acquiring minority stakes in the company. While it is too early to assess how new investment owners will shape the direction of the company going forward, it is clear that […]


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Library Systems Report 2014

(15 April 2014)  Marshall Breeding’s 2014 Library Systems Report has been published. As usual it is full of facts, numbers and analysis of the library automation industry. Catch up with the details here.


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Perceptions 2013: An International Survey of Library Automation

(3 February 2014)   In his seventh annual Library Automation Perceptions Report, Marshall Breeding  provides evaluative ratings submitted by individuals representing over three thousand libraries from 53 countries describing experiences with 136 different automation products, including both proprietary and open source systems. The survey results include 730 narrative comments providing candid statements — both positive and […]


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