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:


E-Readers and E-Books

August 6, 2010

Paul Gallagher, Developer Librarian at Wayne State University, presented “Kindle, Nook and the iPad: What Everyone Should Know about E-Readers and E-Books” at the third of four DALNET Educational Forums on July 30, 2010.   To view the presentation, click here.

Previous presentation information can be found here.  Registration for the fourth DALNET Education Forum on October 29th is available here.  The topic will be “Greening your Library” and the presenter will be Douglas Raber of the Ferndale Public Library.

Feel free to post any comments/discussion about E-Books and E-Readers below.

Friday Fun: Pompeii on Google Street View

February 12, 2010

Now you can explore the streets of Pompeii through Google Street View!

Director guest blogs at LISNews

August 10, 2009

DALNET Director Steven Bowers guest-blogged at this month as a part of their Summer Series.  His blogs were titled Some Considerations When Proposing a Digital Project and The Impact of the Digital World on Cataloging Systems.

“LISNews is a collaborative weblog [aka blog] devoted to current events and news in the world of Library and Information Science. A dedicated team of international bloggers scour the World Wide Web to find stories they find interesting. You’ll find links to news stories and Web sites, along with original writing, interviews and reviews. LISNews is updated frequently, usually 7 days a week. We are a non-commercial site, supported by our users.” 
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Site of Interest: Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

October 3, 2008

From the website: “The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the 16th and 19th centuries.  It offers researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of people in world history.”

Researchers can search the Voyages database, examine estimates of the slave trade, explore the African names database.  There are maps, images, lesson plans and web resources.  Sponsors of the project are Emory University, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.

Friday Fun: Virtual Bookshelves

August 15, 2008

Click to read the NPR “All Things Considered” story: “Websites let bibliophiles share books virtually

or click to listen to the story:    

 The article mentions such “virtual bookshelf” sites as LibraryThing, Shelfari, Goodreads, aNobii and BookJetty.

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.]