The Future of OPACs, ILSs &
Emporia State University SLIM,
OPACs by Jessica Gagnon
ILSs by Melody Bentfield
ERMs by Daphne Tseng
OPACS – Future Needs
User Needs and Expectations
Carry over terms
More Search Results
Colors – previously clicked
Call number browse feature
Ease of use – no training!
”Free” as in ”free”
Ease of use
beer and ”free”
Technological support speech
Widely known support and
Bundled with other
Modifiable to the
needs of the library
Vendor may choose
Lack of technical
to discontinue support or know-how
Modifiable only to a for most libraries
Not as widely known
Not necessarily able
Vendors may choose to work with other
to dictate uses and platorms
ILS Emerging Trends
Recent ILS Development
WorldCat's new ILS
Eliminates many steps
What kind of control will OCLC gain
with this new development?
On the other hand...
A push for Open-Source still exists
Eliminates the middle-man and gives library
Will systems like Koha develop quickly enough
to provide a healthy balance of open vs. closed
Is there a future for the ILS?
As budgets decrease over time, what will be the
best long-term investment?
Will a ”web-scale” (Breeding, 2009) program
like WorldCat Local replace our current idea of
Will Open-Source programs attempt to meet
this growing demand to be more Google-like?
Why does library need ERMs?
multiple manifestations of the same resource,
maintenance of volatile URLs,
tracking and maintaining electronic holdings,
and making resources accessible from within
the library as well as remotely.
Issues: For the ERM system
Consortium support and functionality
Issues: For library world
user behavior and expectations
3% information seekers start with library
86% start with Google or other search engines
Find information anyplace anytime when he/she want
Disintegration of ILS
perpetual access and archiving
Let’s think about ERMs!
Can integrated library management systems
“sufficiently meet the complex management needs
of the online resources environment?”
Is user-friendliness best achieved by a simple,
Google-like interface that patrons say they want?
Or is it user-centered to educate users-teaching
them the best way to get the best results, even
though they do not like having to learn something
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