Librarians' Assessments of Automation Systems: Survey Results, 2007–2010

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For the last four years, Breeding has conducted an online survey to measure satisfaction with multiple aspects of the automation products used by libraries. In this issue of Library Technology Reports Breeding and Yelton take a deeper look at the survey data, including an expansion of findings based on the 2010 iteration, an examination of trends seen across the four years, and additional analysis not previously published. The survey data have been extended with additional fields that provide the opportunity to separate the findings into categories that show some interesting trends not otherwise apparent. Brief interpretive narratives help place the data in context.

In this Report, the authors

  • Explain the basis and origins of the survey and what it attempts to measure
  • Examine the qualitative data to find themes and trends
  • Break down the data quantitatively by library size, library type, and more
  • Provide profiles of different vendors and how they are reflected in the survey data

Marshall Breeding

Marshall Breeding is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the editor of Smart Libraries Newsletter and creator and editor of Library Technology Guides ( He has authored the annual “Library Systems Report” published most recently in American Libraries. He has also edited and authored several books, was formerly the director for innovative technology and research for the Vanderbilt University Library, and regularly teaches workshops and presents internationally at library conferences.

Andromeda Yelton

Andromeda Yelton is a self-employed librarian and software developer. Winner of the 2010 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award, she was selected as an ALA Emerging Leader, class of 2011, and was named a 2013 Library Journal Mover and Shaker.She is a member of the Ada Initiative advisory board and the LITA board of directors. Learn more at her website.

Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication and how you can subscribe here.