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Tips for writing a Request For Proposal (RFP) for an ILS at the [http://www.smlc.lib.mi.us/Request%20for%20Proposal%20%28RFP%29/Microsoft%20Word%20-%20Integrated%20Library%20System.pdf Southwest Michigan Library Cooperative] (opens as a PDF)
 
Tips for writing a Request For Proposal (RFP) for an ILS at the [http://www.smlc.lib.mi.us/Request%20for%20Proposal%20%28RFP%29/Microsoft%20Word%20-%20Integrated%20Library%20System.pdf Southwest Michigan Library Cooperative] (opens as a PDF)
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Things to consider when selecting an ILS (culled from a list provided by Pat Williams at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries):
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*What's included and what's extra?  (Modules, extra options, etc.)
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*Is there a start up fee?  Migration costs?  Training costs?
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*What kinds of reports are generated?  Can you create your own?
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*What are the security considerations?
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*Will new software work with existing computers, peripherals, etc.?
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*What kind of training (in person, online,etc.) and support is offered?
  
 
= ILS Options =
 
= ILS Options =
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The ILS market is made up of proprietary software from companies and open source products.  Check out the Libsuccess page about [http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Open_Source_Software open source software products]. 
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Also, there are a vareity of resources available about [http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=OPACs/ OPACs].
 
== Open source ==
 
== Open source ==
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Open source ILS products:
  
 
[http://biblioteq.sourceforge.net/index.html/ BiblioteQ]
 
[http://biblioteq.sourceforge.net/index.html/ BiblioteQ]
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[http://www.open-ils.org/ Evergreen]
 
[http://www.open-ils.org/ Evergreen]
  
[http://koha.org/ Koha]
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[http://koha-community.org/ Koha]
  
 
[http://obiblio.sourceforge.net/ OpenBiblio]
 
[http://obiblio.sourceforge.net/ OpenBiblio]
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Vendors who offer support for open source products:
 
Vendors who offer support for open source products:
*[http://www.esilibrary.com/esi/ Equinox Software] (Supports open source product Evergreen)
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*[http://www.esilibrary.com/esi/ Equinox Software] (Supports open source products Evergreen & Koha)
 
*[http://www.liblime.com/ LibLime] (Supports open source product Koha)
 
*[http://www.liblime.com/ LibLime] (Supports open source product Koha)
  
 
== Proprietary ==
 
== Proprietary ==
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Companies that offer library system products in the U.S.:
 
Companies that offer library system products in the U.S.:
  
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*[http://www.librarytechnology.org/ Library Technology Guides: Key resources in the field of library automation] Maintained by Marshall Breeding who, for the past six years, has written the annual Automated System Marketplace article for Library Journal.
 
*[http://www.librarytechnology.org/ Library Technology Guides: Key resources in the field of library automation] Maintained by Marshall Breeding who, for the past six years, has written the annual Automated System Marketplace article for Library Journal.
 
*[http://www.alatechsource.org/ ALA Techsource] Search website for ILS
 
*[http://www.alatechsource.org/ ALA Techsource] Search website for ILS
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*[http://helibtech.com/ Higher Education Library Technology] wiki. HELibTech. Lists all UK Higher Education Institutions with the various library related systems they employ. Inc ILS(LMS-Library Management Systes in UK paralance), ERM solutions. Also includes articles on specific issues
  
 
= Specific Blogs Posts/Articles to Check Out =
 
= Specific Blogs Posts/Articles to Check Out =

Latest revision as of 12:47, 9 August 2012

Integrated Library Systems (ILS) are the systems that support library functions like cataloging, circulation, the OPAC or catalog, and management of acquisitions. Find a description of what an ILS is at the Wikipedia entry for "Integrated Library System".

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[edit] Success Stories

Tell us about your successes with your ILS, ILS migration, etc.

[edit] Tips for selecting an ILS

Tips for writing a Request For Proposal (RFP) for an ILS at the Southwest Michigan Library Cooperative (opens as a PDF)

Things to consider when selecting an ILS (culled from a list provided by Pat Williams at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries):

  • What's included and what's extra? (Modules, extra options, etc.)
  • Is there a start up fee? Migration costs? Training costs?
  • What kinds of reports are generated? Can you create your own?
  • What are the security considerations?
  • Will new software work with existing computers, peripherals, etc.?
  • What kind of training (in person, online,etc.) and support is offered?

[edit] ILS Options

The ILS market is made up of proprietary software from companies and open source products. Check out the Libsuccess page about open source software products.

Also, there are a vareity of resources available about OPACs.

[edit] Open source

Open source ILS products:

BiblioteQ

Evergreen

Koha

OpenBiblio

phpMyLibrary

Vendors who offer support for open source products:

[edit] Proprietary

Companies that offer library system products in the U.S.:

Auto-Graphics, Inc.

Biblionix

Book Systems, Inc.

COMPanion

Cyber Tools for Libraries

EOS

Ex Libris

Follett Software Company

Innovative Interfaces

Library World

Mandarin Library Automation

Polaris Library Systems

SirsiDynix

The Library Corporation

[edit] Legacy

View a history of library automation at the Library Technology Guides website. See which systems have been bought out or retired.

[edit] Blogs/Websites to watch

[edit] Specific Blogs Posts/Articles to Check Out

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