Mergers and Acquisitions have consolidated the library technology industry dominated by a small number of large companies. This webinar will review the major transactions that have transpired over the history of the industry and discuss the business strategies behind them.

It is important to assess the impact of these dynamics of the industry. The consolidation of technology products has followed different patterns than the companies involved. Even when companies consolidate, the incumbent products usually live on.

Based on data of system implementations, this webinar will present trends which demonstrate the relative competitiveness of the industry over the course of the last two decades. The results are not necessarily consistent with common perceptions.


Attendees of this webinar will learn about:
• the major organizations that provide technology products and services to libraries,
• their business strategies, and
• the impact that industry consolidation has made on the number and types of products available.

Consolidation of the Library Technology Industry: Impact on Competition and Inno

  • Marshall Breeding is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides and the libraries.org 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 Library Systems Report published in American Libraries since 2014 and in Library Journal from 2002-2013. 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 eight 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.