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


Free Book Repair Webinar

August 19, 2011

ALCTS will be hosting a free “Book Repair Basics for Libraries” webinar on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 2:00 PM Eastern time.  From their announcement,

“Participants will become familiar with several types of basic repairs for bound circulating collections materials in school, public, and academic libraries.  Tip-ins and basic page repairs, hinge tightening, and a variety of spine repairs will be covered.  Techniques will be illustrated and demonstrated with text, images, and video.  Links to other resources will be provided.  Repairs and conservation treatments on rare and special collections materials will NOT be discussed.”

Presenters will be Peter D. Verheyen and Marianne Hanley, both of Syracuse University.  The session will last 90 minutes.  It is free to register.

Registration opens at 12:30 PM (CDT) on September 14th and is open to the first 500 registrants.

See this page for more details, technical requirements, and registration information.


@ your library logos

October 30, 2009

Go to this page to download “@ your library” logos in multiple languages.  From the ALA website:   “The @ your library® logo is available for libraries and library organizations nationwide—libraries and library organizations do not need to seek permission to use the logo. See Trademark Use Policy and How to Use the @ your library Brand Correctly.”


ALA Core Competencies

March 2, 2009

Click here for the link to a new document from the American Library Association.  It is titled “ALA’s Core Competencies of Librarianship.”   This five-page document “defines the basic knowledge to be possessed by all persons graduating from an ALA-accredited master’s program in library and information studies” (quoted from webpage).

See this site for more information about librarianship as a career.


AL Direct

November 4, 2008

AL Direct, the weekly e-newsletter of American Libraries magazine, is now open access for anyone who wants to sign up for it, not just ALA members. The sign-up form is at http://www.ala.org/ala/alonline/aldirect/aldirect.cfm.

Visit ALA’s Public Information Office site to find out more news, including the launch of the new AL Inside Scoop blog and the current issue of American Libraries available online without login.


Faceted Searching Solutions

July 31, 2008

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) offered a forum series at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim.  One was sponsored by the ALCTS Catalog Form and Function Interest Group entitled “Old Records, New Records, New Interfaces.”  Three librarians, Charley Pennell, Mary Charles Lasater, and Cheryl Gowing, presented their experiences from their online catalog redesign projects.  Links to the powerpoint presentations are below:

Charley Pennell, Principal Cataloger for Metadata, North Carolina State University LibrariesEndeca Presentation

Mary Charles Lasater, Authorities Librarian, Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt UniversityPrimo Presentation

Cheryl Gowing, Director, Information Management & Systems, University of MiamiEncore Presentation

[Also, here is a link to SirsiDynix's faceted searching solution: Enterprise.]


Definition of Digital Preservation

June 26, 2008

ALCTS, a division of ALA, has announced a definition of digital preservation.  The short definition is: “Digital preservation combines policies, strategies and actions that ensure access to digital content over time.”  For the medium and long definitions and for more information, see the ALCTS website.


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