The next generation of integrated library systems
The library technology market is entering an exciting phase as libraries are finally moving past the ILS (integrated library systems) model that has been used for decades. Current ILS products, such as Ex Libris’ Voyager, Innovative Interface’s Millennium, and Sirsi’s Symphony, are being slowly replaced by web- and cloud-based systems. These systems unify ordering, acquisition, cataloging, and even the discovery layer into one service. This will undoubtedly have profound effects on the work of library staff. For example, OCLC’s new web-scale management service, OCLC WMS, will essentially replace copy cataloging. Presently, this is still a big task for most academic and public libraries. Although some catalogers may be apprehensive about these changes, I think the end of copy cataloging will actually enable library staff to re-focus their efforts on improving the bibliographic data of their local holdings and have more time for digitization projects — thereby enabling discovery and access to new materials.
The big players in this nascent market include:
Undoubtedly, these products will change as they are developed. Regardless, we are beginning to see where the future of library management software is heading.
- Innovative announces new ILS : with eye towards accessible data – Library Journal
- Innovate Interfaces to launch Sierra : a new-generation automation platform – ALATechSource
- Marshall Breeding interview on the future of library automation (video) – Vimeo
- Automation Marketplace 2011 : The New Frontier – Library Journal