Trends in Library Systems: Improved Workflow Processes, Greater Collaboration, and Unbounded Openness

32 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 307 (2013)

Posted: 11 Dec 2013

Date Written: December 10, 2013

Abstract

The evolution of print, electronic, and digital resources, as well as shifting technology advancements, are significant drivers of change in libraries, including library systems. This article reviews the latest variety of library systems available focusing on the library services platform, open source solutions, and the hybrid open source library services platform. All of these newer alternatives to the integrated library system are attempting in their own way to address the overarching drive for libraries, including law libraries, to have greater efficiencies in the following ways: (1) more productive business processes, (2) collaboration among libraries, institutions, and vendors, and (3) unfettered access to open code and software in order to customize library systems to their own specifications.

Keywords: library services platforms, open source software, collaboration, library operations, integrated library systems

JEL Classification: L86

Suggested Citation

Young, Caroline, Trends in Library Systems: Improved Workflow Processes, Greater Collaboration, and Unbounded Openness (December 10, 2013). 32 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 307 (2013), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2365977

Caroline Young (Contact Author)

Rutgers Law Library-Newark ( email )

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