Category Archives: Integrated Library Catalogs (ILS)

III’s New CEO Calls for Greater Collaboration

Library Journal Excerpt: “Without deprecating the company’s past, Massana sent a clear message that the culture of III is shifting toward greater accountability and client focus, and he also said the company is moving away from its black box reputation and embracing, as a corporate imperative, greater openness and collaboration.”  read more:

Consortium Makes Radical Shift Away From ILS

The Digital Shift, Dec 19, 12

Excerpt: “Academic libraries have a choice: we can collaborate, or we can die,” said William Jordan, the associate dean of the University of Washington Libraries, an Alliance member. “The move from separate stand-alone systems to a truly shared library management platform is radical, but it opens the door to realizing the strategic vision of deep collaboration that we hold across the Alliance.”

New Open Source ILS Website


New website offers a starting point for librarians interested in Open Source Integrated Library Systems

A new website, Open Source ILS (, is now available as a resource for librarians and anyone interested in open source software integrated library systems (OSS ILS). The website is the product of a multi-year IMLS grant-funded study of technical support options for proprietary and open source ILS. It offers best practices gleaned from interviews with open source ILS adopters on subjects such as evaluating, migrating to, and customizing and maintaining these systems.

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Open Source Integrated Library Systems in Consortia

 ALA Conference in New Orleans: Open Source Integrated Library Systems in Consortia sponsored  by ASCLA ICAN
Sat, June 25, 10:30-12:00, MCC room 285

Program description: Open source integrated library systems are no longer bleeding edge – but managing dozens of libraries all on the same system is still a game for the brave and daring.  This program looks at five consortia from MA, WI, KA, MI and GA using either Koha or Evergreen systems.  These consortia represent libraries of different size, types and complexity.  All our successfully demonstrating how open source can work in a union catalog environment.  Speakers: Tim Daniels, Vicki Teal Lovely, Jim Minges, Randy Dykhuis, Nora Blake, and moderator Valerie Horton

Collaboration and NCIP 2.0

Developer collaboration leads to implementation of NCIP 2.0

Early this spring a community of library developers interested in interoperability between discovery interfaces and integrated library systems formed a working group to build on the work of the DLF ILS-DI Task force. After several months of collaboration between this developer community and OCLC team members, we are excited to announce our plans to contribute an implementation of version 2.0 of the NCIP standard, derived from the OCLC Web-scale Management Services codebase, to the eXtensible Catalog’s open-source NCIP Toolkit.

In case you are wondering, NCIP is the NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol. The standard is “intended to address the growing need for interoperability among disparate circulation, interlibrary loan, and related applications.”

Resource Sharing Works for Small Rural Libraries

AspenCat is consortium of 30 smaller libraries in Colorado.  Since November 2009, these libraries have been migrating to a Koha-based integrated library system solution supported by PTFS, Inc and CLiC. About half of the libraries have migrated to the union catalog, and another 15 will be moving over this fall. Evaluations show patrons like the system, and they love the easy access to a much larger collection. The average AspenCat collection is 15,000 items. When all libraries have migrated, patrons will have access to nearly half a million items. But even half-way through the migration, the numbers of borrows between libraries in impressive. Here’s a chart to date of resource sharing growth.

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Interlibrary Loan Programs at ALA Annual

Interlibrary Loan Statistics Preconference: What we gather, how we use them, and who we provide them to.
This preconference will help attendees to sort through the myriad of ILL statistics available via a variety of sources and how to use these numbers to effect staffing, collection development decisions, etc.  Attendees will gain practical knowledge regarding the creation of reports, manipulation of canned reports supplied by the vendor, and how to use the data to provide quality service.  June 25, 2010, Friday, 8:30am-12:30pm

International Interlibrary Lending and Borrowing: Getting Started and Moving Forward June 26, 2010, Saturday, 1:30-3:30pm

How Shared is Shared? Remote Storage and Cooperative Collection Building June 27, 2010, Sunday, 10:30am-Noon

Sponsored by the RUSA STARS Research and Statistics Committee
 Denise Forro, Chair 2009-2010 RUSA STARS

Major Shake, Rattle and Roll in Koha Land

Merger mania in open source land headline blaring!   PTFS announced they bought LibLime, and hours earlier we had learned that ByWater and BibLibre are partnering.  That’s a major realignment of ILS support for Koha.   

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Here’s a happy, even classy, quote from ByWater:, “ByWater Solutions CEO, Brendan Gallagher says, “ByWater has worked with PTFS in the past and we look forward to collaborating with them again. ByWater is looking forward to future alliances between our two companies to achieve our common goal: widespread adoption of open source in libraries and supporting the open source standards of ‘releasing early releasing often.”

And a quote from the PTFS press release: “The acquisition establishes PTFS as the world’s largest company providing open-source ILS solutions for libraries. PTFS will hold a press conference at the LibLime’s ALA booth (2538) at 11:30 AM on Saturday January 16th.”

ALA will be very interesting as current customers try to understand what all this shake-up means to our future.  Valerie Horton

A “Beginner’s Mind” Look at Open Source in Libraries

“Open Source Newbie Tells all” by Kate Sheehan

Kate Sheehan is creating an interesting blog journal in ALA TechSource, exploring the “Beginner’s Mind” of a librarian delving into an array of open source software products.  She says, “In the spirit of Beginner’s Mind (and also in the spirit of hilariously wrong technology predictions), I’m going to post my current observations about libraries and OSS.”  Kate intends to continue to record her observations as her consortium launches an Evergreen Integrated Library Systems installation. 

As another open source newbie, in my case launching a Koha installation for 30 plus libraries in December, I find much to identify with in her comments.  Check out her blog and her observations such as this one, “As a casual observer of the library open source movement, I think the initial nervousness expressed by many librarians has subsided. So too, has the “gee whiz” enthusiasm, replaced by a more mellow excitement and commitment to the work of promoting, creating, and maintaining open source solutions for libraries.”

Valerie Horton

IMLS Boosts Open Source ILS Project for Large Public Libraries

A million-dollar grant will fund the King County Library System’s effort to increase open source ILS adoption
Josh Hadro — Library Journal, 10/12/2009

Excerpt: “For many public libraries considering the switch to an open source integrated library system (ILS), there’s often a will but not necessarily a way. To ease the path for larger public library systems, which have so far been more cautious, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a $998,556 (match: $1,014,400) grant to a project titled “Empowered by Open Source.”

The grant effort is being spearheaded by the King County Library System (KCLS), Issaquah, WA, and initially will rely both on the library’s own experience migrating to the open source Evergreen ILS—an effort already in-progress—and on KCLS’s financial investment in that ILS.

Working with KCLS on the “infrastructure components” for the initial phase of the grant are three partner institutions: Peninsula Library System (San Mateo, CA), Orange County Library System (Orlando, FL), and Ann Arbor District Library (MI). At least eight more libraries are expected to join over three years.”