Open Systems in the Age of Library Services Platforms: A Conversation with Marshall Breeding

Sponsored by ProQuest, Part of Clarivate
Recorded on 07/26/2022

Posted in Library Technology and IT

How do open library systems impact interoperability and extensibility?


Marshall Breeding published a white paper in early March 2022, Open Systems in the Age of Library Services Platforms, where he explores the approaches taken to achieve open systems in the academic library arena. He highlights, “Both proprietary products and open source software can be designed and deployed to enable interoperability and extensibility.”

This session will feature an in-depth discussion with Breeding where he’ll provide attendees with greater insight into the different approaches to achieve openness in library service platforms. Conversation will include an overview of the current state of technology within libraries, the motivation and interest of libraries to focus on openness, the differences between open systems vs. open source, and the impacts that each type of service has in terms of extensibility and interoperability.


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    Marshall Breeding

    Creator and EditorLibrary 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 Library Technology Newsletter, published through Library Technology Guides. From 2002 through 2021 he was the editor and contributor for Smart Libraries Newsletter published by the American Library Association, and has authored the annual Library Systems Report published in American Libraries since 2014 and in Library Journal from 2002-2013. He has authored fourteen 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 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.

    Marshall held a variety of positions for the Vanderbilt University Libraries in Nashville, TN from 1985 through May 2012, including as Director for Innovative Technologies and Research and as the Executive Director of the Vanderbilt Television News Archive. Breeding was the 2010 recipient of the LITA LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science.

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    Yotam Kramer (Moderator)

    Sr. Director, Corporate Marketing & Portfolio MarketingEx Libris, Part of Clarivate

    Yotam Kramer began his career with Ex Libris in 2016, after gathering nearly 20 years of experience in a variety of marketing roles in the technology sector. As the Sr. Director, Corporate Marketing & Portfolio Marketing, he’s responsible for creating the marketing strategy across Ex Libris services and manages a team of marketing professionals.

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