ALA MIDWINTER Update on Industry, Systems, and DiscoveryMarshall BreedingIndependent Consult, Author,Founder and Publisher, Library TechnologyGuideswww.librarytechnology.org/twitter.com/mbreeding 08 February 2013 ALA Midwinter Technology Wrap-up
Mergers and Acquisitions No earth-shattering announcements ProQuest acquires Ebook Library (EBL) and will combine with ebrary Some organizational consolidation Innovative Interfaces: Remaining shares of founder acquired by private equity investors
Library Services Platforms Many well into production mode: Sierra: ~100 libraries in Production OCLC WorldShare Management Services: ~ 100 Ex Libris Alma: ~5 in production Still in development Serials Solutions Intota Kuali OLE New round of funding from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New entrant: VTLS Open Skies: company morphing its current line of products into a comprehensive platform based on SOA
Integrated Library Systems Evolutionary development Appropriate infrastructure for public libraries New emphasis on deep integration with external systems and services E-booklending services Web-scale discovery indexes
E-Book integration Develop technologies that bring the e-book lending within the experience of the local library Offer the same functionality for e-books within online catalogs, discovery services, and the library’s general Web presence as offered for print versions Provide the same level of mastery and control Don’t eject library users to the mercy of native e-book lending platforms
Basic expectations: Discovery of e-books within the same search results as other library materials Load records for e-books into ILS or discovery service Display current availability status of e-books and request to be placed in hold queue Real-time interactions with e-book lending platform Patron can view status of e-book loans from their library account or profile Real-time interactions between e-book lending platform and local ILS Patrons can activate loan request from library’s own catalog or discovery Ability to fully interact with e-book lending platform via API Don’t force patrons to have (or know that they have) a separate account for the e-book lending platform or DRM utility Leverage the username and PIN/password used for other library activities Consistent with ReadersFirst Content Access Requirements http://readersfirst.org/ReadersFirst-Content-Access-Requirements.pdf
E-book APIs Application Programming Interface OverDrive API Earlierpragmatic (screen-scraping) attempts by third parties to integrate e- book lending experience Announced intent to release API in May 2012 3m Cloud Library Baker & Taylor Axis 360
OverDrive API https://developer.overdrive.com/ APIs offered: Library Account API Retailer Account API Search API https://developer.overdrive.com/apis/search Metadata API Library Availability API Not offered: API to perform e-book loans Checkout Return
Integration Partnerships Polaris Library Systems 3M Cloud Library (In production: Sno-Isle Libraries) SirsiDynix eResource Central Axis 360, Recorded Books, OverDrive, 3M Cloud Library The Library Corporation LS2PAC: Place Holds and check out e-books (3M, OverDrive, Axis 360) BiblioCommons 3M Cloud Library, OverDrive
Metadata for e-book collections The Library Corporation eBiblioFile service to deliver catalog records to support e-book lending Rapid delivery of MARC records for OverDrive, 3M Cloud Library, Axis 360 OCLC WorldShare Metadata collection management
Discovery Web-scale discovery maturing after 4 years Summon announced at 2009 ALA Midwinter Index-based discovery covers a critical mass of library collections Some publishers still do not participate fully New content announcements made regularly, especially including specialized and regional content resources Ongoing Technology Improvements Summon Spotlighting Recommends specialized resources, based on specific trigger worlds in query Primo ScholarRank Integration initiatives EBSCO: EDS integration SirsiDynix eResource Central Innovative Interfaces Encore OCLC WorldShare Platform.
Social infrastructure BiblioCommons Polaris partnership with ChiliFresh to create Social PAC through deep integration through APIs
Beyond Discovery: ComprehensiveLibrary Web Presence BiblioCommons partnership with Chicago Public Library to extend its technology to create an entirely new Web site with associated services Infor Iguana – fully managed library Web site services in addition to modern discovery interface capabilities Axiell Arena
Library Services Platforms Ongoing progress on the new Library Services Platforms: Intota, Alma, Sierra.
Analytics: tools to enable data-driven libraries Innovative’s Decision Central Intota Assessment Firstmodule of Intota to be delivered in 2013 EnvisionWare Enterprise Reporter