ERIC Number: ED354918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
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Research on Current Trends and Developments in Library Automation Systems.
Clyde, Laurel A.
A research project was undertaken in 1992 in order to identify, describe, and analyze current trends and developments in library automation systems and library software. The starting point is work conducted in 1988/1989 that formed the foundation of the book "Computer Software for School Libraries: A Directory." A 1992 survey of software developers and vendors (initial sample of 360) is being used to develop additional information to be published in an updated version of the directory. Preliminary observations make it apparent that there has been an increase in the number of integrated, multi-function library systems on the market, on the order of 272 percent. Some blurring of the distinction between school library systems and other libraries appears to be occurring, and many systems are crossing international boundaries. However, several vendors appear to have gone out of business. Many of those who replied (around 100) to a letter asking for updated product information for a new book, indicated that their products had undergone considerable development. An appendix provides a 16-item select list of directories of library software. (Contains 22 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Computer Software Development, Directories, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Integrated Library Systems, Library Automation, Library Technical Processes, School Libraries, Surveys, Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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