LIS Wire reported today [http://liswire.com/node/295] on the release of the April 2008 “World Library Automation Systems and Services Market” 225-page report which appears to be a valuable resource for those investigating ILS software options and is available for ONLY $3,950.
LIS Wire reported: “The report analyzes the North American market for Library Automation Systems and Services in US$ Million. The major product segments analyzed are Integrated Library Systems, Non-Integrated Library Systems, System Maintenance Services, Others (includes Hardware and Associated Library Services). Annual forecasts are provided for for the period of 2000 through 2015. The report profiles 51 companies including many key and niche players such as Auto-Graphics, Inc., Book Systems, Inc., Brodart Co Automation Div, CASPR Library Systems, Inc., COMPanion Corporation, CyberTools, Inc., Eloquent Systems, Inc., Ex Libris Group, Electronic Online Systems (EOS) International, Inc., Follett Software Company, Infor Library and Information Solutions, Inmagic, Inc.., Innovative Interfaces, Inc., Insignia Software, ISACSOFT, Inc., Keystone Systems, Inc., LibLime, Mandarin Library Automation, Inc., New Generation Technologies, Inc., Open Text Corporation, Open Text, Inc., Polaris Library Systems, SirsiDynix, Softlink America, Inc., Surpass Software, SydneyPLUS International Library Systems Corporation, The Library Corporation, and Visionary Technology In Library Solutions Inc.”
I’m sure the report was primarily generated for and will be useful to those in the ILS competitive marketplace and they can more likely afford to acquire it.
However, for those to whom the data could help in determining which ILS software packages and companies to investigate for possible use, the cost is likely prohibitive, especially to smaller libraries or systems. From my experience in 2006 trying to ascertain which ILS packages were available, sufficient for my application, technically compatible to my IT Dept., and would meet my organization’s budgetary constraints, this kind of information would have been invaluable. Knowing the history and longevity of various vendors, their place and role in the marketplace, and their plans for the future are also contributing factors in the ILS software selection process. Of course, I would have never been able to convince the “powers that be” in my institution to pop for a $3950 report. Our eventual ILS software purchase and installation was only a few thousand dollars more.
There are other sources, however, so those who cannot afford such reports must be resourceful—LIKE A LIBRARIAN!