Next Generation ILS, or Separating Record Management from the Public Interface
15 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2015 Last revised: 6 Feb 2015
Date Written: February 5, 2015
Since the development of integrated library systems (ILS) in the 1970s, the focus of developers and librarians has been on the “integrated” aspect, but with the advances in technology, the time has come for libraries to consider whether a more disaggregated system would better benefit their users. This article seeks to make the argument that the design of a user-friendly public interface to library systems is ideal for public/private partnerships; such an approach would enable participants to harness their respective strengths while simultaneously limiting the effect of their deficiencies. While this article will primarily name private entities as libraries’ prospective partners, the collaboration may be equally effective with independent non-profit organizations, ones that do not rely on the funding of governments or tuition revenue for survival.
Keywords: integrated library system, discovery layer, OPAC, library partnerships
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