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:

Big news if they are getting into the library system market; really the post-ILS Market.  Marshall Breeding, of, 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.



WS Announcement from December 2011:

Related article at:


PsycINFO Training Videos on YouTube

March 25, 2009

The American Psychological Association has begun a PsycINFO YouTube channel.  Right now, there are seven helpful training videos.  New videos will be added regularly.  The channel is accessible at:

Videos include: 1) Finding Peer-Reviewed Items in PsycINFO (on the EBSCOhost platform); 2) APA PsycNET: Using the Index Terms and Keywords Effectively; 3) Finding Peer-Reviewed Items in PsycINFO; 4) APA PsycNET Sample Search; 5) APA PsycNET: Setting up a personalized alert; 6) Searching APA PsycNET: Using the Term Finder; and 7) Searching APA PsycNET: Using the Author Index.

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.]

SirsiDynix Institute Free Webinars

June 16, 2008

SirsiDynix Institute

The SirsiDynix Institute is “an ongoing forum for professional development in the library community. By providing free access to industry-leading speakers and events, our mission is to support librarianship and advance the work of librarians around the world.”

  MP3’s of past events are available for free at:

The schedule of upcoming web seminars is available here:

OCLC Acquires EZproxy

January 18, 2008

This press release dated January 11, 2008 announced that OCLC has acquired EZproxy authentication and access software.  Betsy Wilson, member of the OCLC Board of Trustees and Dean of University Libraries at the University of Washington, states in the announcement that, “The library community has embraced EZproxy as the preferred solution for serving patrons remotely, and we believed it’s important to continue the service model that users currently enjoy.  OCLC’s acquisition of EZproxy ensures that the software will be developed and supported for libraries over the long term.”

EZproxy 4.1 is scheduled to be released in March 2008.