VALA Events 2017: Technology Vendors and Products from the Library Perspective

VALA invites you to our first Guest Speaker event for 2017. This 1-hour event will be run as a Zoom Webinar.

Join special Guest Speaker Marshall Breeding who will be speaking on the topic “Technology Vendors and Products from the Library Perspective”.

Access the event webinar recording and slides:

Marshall Breeding will present the results of the 2016 edition of his annual Library Automation Perceptions survey. The survey gathers data from libraries evaluating the library resource management systems they use, the organizations that develop or support them, and to gauge interest in migrating to new systems and interest in open source.

Marshall Breeding

Topic:Technology Vendors and Products from the Library Perspective

From the introduction of the report: “This tenth edition of the International Survey of Library Automation aims to provide a candid glimpse into the effectiveness of strategic library technology systems from the perspective of the libraries which use them for their daily operations and to fulfill the expectations of their patrons. It focuses primarily on integrated library systems and library services platforms as the applications libraries use to acquire, describe, manage, and provide access to their collections.

4,042 libraries completed this year’s survey, providing sufficient data to focus the analysis more on each category of library type and size rather than aggregating across all responses. The functional requirements of public, academic, school, and other types of libraries overlap to a certain extent, but in other areas have distinctive if not contradictory functionality. Some of the products represented in the survey have been designed for specific sectors. For those used by multiple types of libraries, the analysis of the survey results by size and type of organization provides an opportunity to observe any differences in satisfaction across these categories.”

Core Content: The report upon which the presentation is based highlights strengths and weaknesses in the library management products which may be of interest to libraries as they develop their technology strategies.

The Future: The report includes data which anticipates what library management products are under consideration for those libraries indicating interest in migrating.

Q&A: The presenter will respond to questions following the presentation.

Pre-reading: Perceptions 2016: An International Survey of Library Automation

Speaker: Marshall Breeding, Independent Consultant for Library Technology Guides

Marshall Breeding is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides and the online directory of libraries on the Web. His monthly column Systems Librarian appears in Computers in Libraries; he is the Editor for Smart Libraries Newsletter published by the American Library Association, and has authored the annual Library Systems Report published by American Libraries since 2014. American Library Association, Library Journal from 2002-2013 and by He has authored nine issues of ALA’s Library Technology Reports, and has written many other articles and book chapters. Marshall has edited or authored eight books, including Cloud Computing for Libraries published by in 2012 by Neal-Schuman, now part of ALA TechSource . He regularly teaches workshops and gives presentations at library conferences on a wide range of topics.


Online webinar


Wednesday 15 March 2017, 12:00 – 13:00pm AEST

For any enquiries contact VALA Secretariat via or (03) 9844 2933