From ILS to Library Services Platforms

January 27, 2012

Some big news, and big shifts, in the library software industry . . .

Serials Solutions has announced their planned Integrated Library System (ILS) replacement, Intota:
http://www.librarytechnology.org/ltg-displaytext.pl?RC=16501

Big news if they are getting into the library system market; really the post-ILS Market.  Marshall Breeding, of LibraryTechnology.org, and knower of all things ILS, has branded new systems of this type “Library Services Platforms.”  There will likely be lots of more information on these next-gen systems in the following months since they are up-and-coming.

So, lots of news on new Library System Platforms at ALA Midwinter, for Alma (from Ex Libris), Intota (Serials Solutions), Sierra (Innovative Interfaces, Inc.), and WorldShare (OCLC).  The future of library systems; ILS replacements!  The all new inclusive systems that rework library work-flows and combine management of all library materials, print and digital.  These platforms promise to provide an integrated system environment to include Acquisitions, Cataloging, Circulation, Electronic Resource Management (ERM), Serials, Reporting, Link Resolver, Discover Platform (the next-gen catalogs), and any other software that may be part of delivering library services.  Alma and WorldShare are in general release, with others to follow.  These new systems should take hold as open platforms that can take delivery of library Web services into the future.

Alma:
http://www.exlibrisgroup.com/category/AlmaOverview

Intota:
http://www.serialssolutions.com/management/intota/
  
Sierra:
http://sierra.iii.com/

WorldShare:
http://www.oclc.org/us/en/worldshare-platform/default.htm
WS Announcement from December 2011: http://www.oclc.org/news/releases/2011/201170.htm

Related article at:
http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/01/future-of-libraries/ala-midwinter-2012-from-consumer-electronics-through-post-ils-top-tech-trends-run-the-gamut


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