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Vol. 31 No. 6 — Jul/Aug 2011
EDITOR'S NOTES
Your Guide to Wise Buying
by Dick Kaser

When our sister publication Library Resource Guide conducted a survey of public, academic, government, and special libraries earlier this year, our research team discovered that even though libraries of all kinds are still cash-strapped and downturn-conscious, they have set new priorities during the past 2 lean years.

For 2011, librarians told us they were spending judiciously on items they had identified as high-priority for their patrons and supporters.

A Techno Wish List for 2011

PCs/Kiosks/Laptops/Mobile Devices

25%

Ebook Readers

22%

OPAC, New or Improved

20%

ILS

19%

Website

12%

Networking (LAN or Wi-Fi)

11%

Discovery Services

10%

Virtual Reference (Web-Based IM or Email)

9%

RFID Check-In, Checkout, Inventory Control

8%

Electronic Resource Management (ERM) System

8%

Teleconferencing (Audio/Video)

7%

Link Resolvers

4%

Authentication Solutions

4%

Whether you are looking for new systems or econtent collections, you will find a convenient shortlist of leading vendors in our 2011 Buyer’s Guide.

We’ve also included plenty of helpful articles in this issue to guide your development plans and help you adopt strategic buying priorities.

Happy hunting for your wise buys.

Dick Kaser, Executive Editor
kaser@infotoday.com

 

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