Magazine article American Libraries

Contracts and Agreements

Magazine article American Libraries

Contracts and Agreements

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The Contracts and Agreements section of the "Technically Speaking" column goes back a long way--back to a time before the U.S. market was saturated with automation, when many libraries were automating for the first time or upgrading from a circulation-only and acquisitions-only system, when companies sold software for the pre-web services of libraries, when the field of automation companies was expanding, not contracting.

Times have changed. Press releases regarding library automation changes are now dominated by newer applications (metasearch, link resolvers, ERM, and RFID), "upgrades" to the flagship product of an acquiring company, and "migrations" by existing customers to a new version of their vendor's software. Many automation announcements are for libraries overseas--not that this is an uninteresting trend in the market, but I have not always found it appropriate to report in American Libraries.

And though I suspect that the only complaints will come from vendors and their marketing representatives, I do not plan to continue this section of the column, barring an announcement of some significance to the library community. …

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