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  1. 1. Trends in Integrated Library Systems: Are traditional vendors going the way of the dinosaur ? ahead Rodney Foley Empowering Users Conference November 2009
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Library </li></ul>
  3. 3. Presentation Outline. <ul><li>What issues do we have </li></ul><ul><li>Are they currently being satisfied </li></ul><ul><li>Where can we look for solutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proprietary Vendors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Source </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other alternatives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Will they Help </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>Library
  4. 4. Our Current Dilemmas <ul><li>Better management or our collections </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing costs </li></ul><ul><li>Exposing our collections </li></ul><ul><li>Integration with corporate systems </li></ul><ul><li>More collaborative publishing model </li></ul><ul><li>Better support for developing technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Customising our services to our clients </li></ul>Library
  5. 5. How can we deal with issues? <ul><li>Current vendor offering </li></ul><ul><li>Future vendor offering </li></ul><ul><li>Open sources </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud / Network Layer solutions </li></ul>Library
  6. 6. Library Systems environmental scan: a feasibility study to recommend options <ul><li>Library </li></ul>
  7. 7. Library Systems environmental scan: a feasibility study to recommend options Library
  8. 8. Library Systems environmental scan: a feasibility study to recommend options <ul><li>“ Procuring a new LMS is a time consuming and costly process…. In mature markets products typically lack significant differentiation and so changing systems can be a poor return on investment.” </li></ul><ul><li>- “Library Management Systems Study” commissioned by JISC and SCONSUL - 2007 </li></ul>Library
  9. 9. Current Vendor Offerings <ul><li>Little to differentiate products </li></ul><ul><li>Focused on print material </li></ul><ul><li>Little interest in rewriting the back-end </li></ul><ul><li>Little corporate system interaction </li></ul>Library
  10. 10. Future vendor offerings <ul><li>Evolution rather than revolution </li></ul><ul><li>Concentrate on look and feel rather than back-end functionality </li></ul><ul><li>ERMS may be difficult to integrate </li></ul><ul><li>Driven by corporate goals </li></ul>Library
  11. 11. Where can we look for alternatives. Library <ul><li>ExLibris URM </li></ul><ul><li>Open Source (Koha / Evergreen) </li></ul><ul><li>OLE </li></ul><ul><li>WorldCat Local </li></ul>
  12. 12. Unified Resource Management Library <ul><li>New ILS from ExLibris </li></ul><ul><li>Unify the management of back-office operations saving staff time and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Lower cost of metadata management </li></ul><ul><li>Aid the library in managing the intellectual output of the institution. </li></ul>
  13. 13. What will it do? Library <ul><li>Current ILS Functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Acquisitions including financial and licensing management </li></ul><ul><li>Support for current and emerging metadata standards </li></ul><ul><li>Tools to publish library collections in user-discovery spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic resources knowledge base to aid in linking to electronic resources </li></ul>
  14. 14. A Brief History of Open Source <ul><ul><li>What is open source ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Koha </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evergreen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Conifer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>vuFind </li></ul></ul>Library
  15. 15. Open Source Benefits Library <ul><li>Its Free </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership of the source code </li></ul><ul><li>Customisation </li></ul><ul><li>Potentially quicker development </li></ul><ul><li>Integration with other systems </li></ul>
  16. 16. Open Source Questions Library <ul><li>Features and Functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>In-House / Vendor support </li></ul><ul><li>Coordination of development </li></ul><ul><li>Scalability </li></ul><ul><li>Testing </li></ul><ul><li>Licensing </li></ul>
  17. 17. Open Library Environment Library <ul><li>What is OLE </li></ul><ul><li>How did it come into existence </li></ul><ul><li>What has happened so far </li></ul><ul><li>What will it offer </li></ul><ul><li>How will it progress </li></ul><ul><li>Timeline </li></ul><ul><li>How do we get involved </li></ul>
  18. 18. Characteristics of OLE <ul><li>Enterprise-Level Integration </li></ul><ul><li>Service Oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Community Ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Governance </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Focus </li></ul>Library
  19. 19. When will OLE be Available? <ul><li>Final Report has been released </li></ul><ul><li>Awaiting funding and development partners </li></ul><ul><li>Development starts 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Beta Version 2013 </li></ul><ul><li>First release late 2013 </li></ul>Library
  20. 20. WorldCat Local <ul><li>OCLC </li></ul><ul><li>What is WorldCat </li></ul><ul><li>What will it do </li></ul><ul><li>How will we benefit </li></ul>Library
  21. 21. Conclusions <ul><li>If it doesn’t exist why talk about it </li></ul><ul><li>Are any of these likely to deliver results </li></ul>Library
  22. 22. Our Current Dilemmas <ul><li>Better management or our collections </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing costs </li></ul><ul><li>Exposing our collections </li></ul><ul><li>Integration with corporate systems </li></ul><ul><li>More collaborative publishing model </li></ul><ul><li>Better support for developing technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Customising our services to our clients. </li></ul>Library
  23. 23. <ul><li>Get Involved !!!! </li></ul>Library
  24. 24. <ul><li>Questions ? </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>Library

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