|Other Information||The DALNET consortium and its member libraries are seeking proposals for a system that fully incorporates discovery, access, and management for all library materials in print and electronic formats. All aspects of proposed solutions should be designed in a manner that enables, supports, and enhances the needs of a library consortium while also allowing all libraries in the consortium to have separate profiles and configurations within the system. Due to our various library types, there are a multitude of different user audiences for the system including students, researchers, learners, curators, physicians, medical personnel, and administrators, among others.
The system that DALNET implements will be an open Library Services Platform, preferably a cloud-based multi-tenant solution built on service oriented architecture, meeting five overarching criteria for library services functionality:
- A cloud-based unified platform system that provides means of managing library services including: Acquisitions, Cataloging and Authority Control, Circulation, Electronic Resource Management (ERM) including an “A to Z” list with Link Resolver and Authentication Services, Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery (internal and external to the consortium), Inventory Management, Reserve Book Room, Serials Management, and System Reporting and Analytics.
- A system that is designed to handle work flows, management, and access, for both print and electronic resources, including provision of analytics and reporting for all resources in the system, in aggregate as well as separately for each participating library/institution.
- A separate public interface catalog, for each participating library, that incorporates discovery system components, i.e. a single search interface for finding all of the library’s print materials, physical mediums, electronic resources, and digital content.
- The system needs to be robust yet easy to use, including consolidated, refined, and less repetitive workflows for completing the general tasks associated with the various work areas within the library, allowing staff to refocus efforts on existing services and to potentially offer new services.
- All system features need to be optional or separately configured for each participating institution so that libraries can comply with local policy, especially in light of the makeup of DALNET, with multiple library types, and parent institutions.