“These are extreme and stressful times,” notes Jay Jordan, President of OCLC, at the start of this interview. But how extreme and stressful conditions are tends to depend upon where the library is geographically located.
In the U.S., library budgets are constrained and will remained constrained for some time. Jay suggests the providers help libraries get costs down so they can continue to serve their constituents while operating with less money and fewer people. The key is, help libraries be more productive.
Outside the US, Jay notes that opportunities exist for reaching new markets,including in China, Australia, Euruope and the Middle East.
Should libraries turn to Open Source systems or hosted solutions to reduce their costs? It may be an answer for some.
Watch the video to learn more from OCLC’s broad perspective.
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