In recent times, we have seen an increasing number of broad-based ILS implementations, often spanning entire states or provinces. Two recent implementations illustrate of this trend, one an open source system for provincial school libraries and another a large consortium of libraries in Tasmania.
In the province of Prince Edward Island, funding for the implementation of the open source Koha ILS in all of its public school libraries has been approved. As reported in The Guardian, a newspaper covering the province, a total of $400,000 in provincial funds has been allocated to the project. Koha will be phased in over a two-year period. According to The Guardian, Koha is already in place in many of the intermediate and high schools in the province. In addition to funding the Koha project, an additional $230,000 targets improvement in the collections of the public school libraries.
In the island state of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Automated Library Information System, or TALIS consortium, has recently implemented SirsiDynix Symphony. TALIS includes 240 school, government agency, and college libraries. SirsiDynix announced the selection of Symphony in January 2009 to replace an aging Geac PLUS system in place since 2000.