The narrowing field: The interrelationship of systems librarian training & ILS marketplace consolidation
- library education, open source software, library automation, integrated library system
Copyright (c) 2018 Jospeh Koiivisto
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The ongoing consolidation of the integrated library system vendor environment, coupled with the increased shift towards closed remotely hosted software options, has created a situation in which librarians can no longer evaluate the technology that serves as the primary infrastructure for library service. This shift, coupled with inadequate preparation for systems librarians through LIS graduate coursework, sets the stage for a future in which librarians’ professional values of openness and equity will stand at odds with the necessary choices in library software providers. Advocacy and professional development through organizations dedicated to technology in libraries, and open source development, may help to prevent the total loss of institutional autonomy.