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Marshall Breeding

Marshall Breeding


Marshall Breeding is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides and the lib-web-cats online directory of libraries on the Web. His monthly column Systems Librarian appears in Computers in Libraries; he is the Editor for Smart Libraries Newsletter published by the American Library Association, and has authored the annual Automation Marketplace feature published by Library Journal since 2002. He has authored nine issues of ALA’s Library Technology Reports, and has written many other articles and book chapters. Marshall has edited or authored seven books, including Cloud Computing for Libraries published by 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.

He has been an invited speaker for many library conferences and workshops throughout the United States and internationally. He has spoken in throughout the United States and in Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, China, Singapore, India, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Israel, Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Israel, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, and Argentina. Marshall Breeding 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 as the Executive Director the Vanderbilt Television News Archive.

A New Generation of Technologies for Libraries and Information Centers:

Libraries and information centers in almost all sectors and geographic regions have experienced a fundamental shift where large proportions of electronic resources and digital materials complement, or even dominate, their print collections. This shift demands a response in the technical infrastructure for libraries so that they can effectively manage and provide access to these multi-faceted collections.

Breeding will describe the major changes in the realm of library automation, including the advent of a new generation of library services platforms which take a significant departure from the integrated library systems that previously dominated. A new generation of Web-scale index-based discovery services likewise provide powerful ways for library users to work with these complex and large-scale collections. These new genres of library systems take advantage of the scalability possible through cloud computing technologies and the extensibility and interoperability enabled through the services-oriented architecture.

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