Choosing an online integrated library system: a consortium approach
Library software review
[September / October 1992]
Hryciw-Wing, Carol A
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Abstract: This article describes the method by which a task group appointed by administrators of HELIN, a multi-type consortium of several academic libraries in Rhode Island, in 1988 undertook a six-month investigation of online integrated library systems for the purpose of recommending one or more systems that could be implemented by the consortium. It presents the criteria by which online systems were selected for study and indicates how vendor demonstrations and on-site visits were utilized as primary research mechanisms. Several checklists and a vendor requirement matrix figured prominently as research aids for the group and appear (some as excerpts) as figures. Post-investigation system implementation activities from 1989 until the summer of 199 are also summarized.