Eric Schnell writes an interesting post regarding the precarious future of QuickDoc now that its creater and maintainer, Jay Daly, passed away this Spring. Unfortunately even the National Library of Medicine is uncertain of the future of QuickDoc since they were not the producers of the program.
Eric brings up a very good point, “As a community, libraries should not have to reply on innovative people like Jay develop systems that bridge the functionality gaps we expect from our systems.” Eric is completely right. Unfortunately this seems to be the case within the library community as well individual libraries. Why are we still treating technology and programming as a add on feature? These improvements and programs are valuable services and features. We don’t treat cataloging or document delivery as whole like this, so why do we do this with the tools that help make these services possible?