January 24, 2022

A New Report by Marshall Breeding Now Available Online: “Library Services Platforms: A Mature Genre of Products”

The May/June 2015 (Vol. 51, No.4) issue of ALA’s Library Technology Reports features a new report by library tech consultant, author, speaker and the person behind Library Technology Guides (website and database), Marshall Breeding.

The new report is titled, Library Services Platforms: A Mature Genre of Products and the full text is open access/free to read online or download through June. At that point the report will be available for sale.

Here’s a blurb about the report via ALA Tech Source:

The Report starts with an explanation of this class of products and how it has diverged from the traditional integrated library system to take advantage of platform architecture. You’ll see in-depth descriptions of Ex Libris Alma, Kuali OLE, OCLC WorldShare Management Services, ProQuest Intota, and Innovative Interfaces Sierra. While neutral on product recommendations, Breeding offers advice on selection and procurement strategies.

The report consists of five chapters:

  • Chapter 1. Introduction and Concepts
  • Chapter 2. Selection and Procurement Strategies
  • Chapter 3. Relationship with Discovery
  • Chapter 4. Major Products
  • Chapter 5. Bibliography

Access the Report

Direct to Full Text Report (41 pages; PDF)

Direct to Browse/Read/Download By Chapter (HTML/PDF)

More From Marshall Breeding

Here’s a white paper that Marshall Breeding wrote for NISO and published about three months ago. We think it might be of interest to some of you.

Direct to Summary and Link to Full Text to Breeding’s White Paper for NISO:  “The Future of Library Resource Discovery”


About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.