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Is It Really Time to Replace You ILS With a Next-Generation Option?

Computers in Libraries [October 2013]

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Abstract: is it time to replace the integrated library system (ILS)? The vendors would have people believe that the time is now. But what is the right time for them, and how do they know if they are ready? What do they, as a library, need to do to decide on and prepare for an ILS replacement? These are the questions that people, at Western Michigan University libraries, have been mulling over for the last few years. The existing ILS, which has evolved to handle a growing number of library services, is actually not one thing. Instead, it is a complex environment comprising various products, including Voyager, SFX, Vurind, Summon, 360 Resource Manager, ILLiad, Luna Insight, Ares, CONTENT-dm, and EZProxy. A claimed benefit of the emerging next-generation, cloud-based systems is to give libraries new efficiencies, allowing them to do more with less. And people can hardly wait. But they suspect that they are not there yet.


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Publication Year:2013
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Computers in Libraries
Publication Info:Volume 33 Number 08
Issue:October 2013
Page(s):11-15
Publisher:Information Today
Place of Publication:Medford, NJ
Notes:AuthorAffiliation Keith Kelley is director of systems at Western Michigan University Libraries and project manager of the libraries' ILS replacement project. He manages library automation, as well as desktop computing, while advising for the web office and the digitization center. Kelley has a master's in computer science from Western Michigan University's College of Engineering and is currently working on his Ph.D. Carrie C. Leatherman is the natural sciences librarian at Western Michigan University. She provides reference and instruction services for faculty and students in the natural sciences, and coordinates collection development in these subject areas. She has an M.L.I.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Geraldine Rinna is the electronic resources specialist at Western Michigan University Libraries. She reviews, organizes, recommends, provides support, and troubleshoots electronic resources and nonserial materials for the University Libraries. Rinna has an M.L.I.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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