Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Editorial: The Bedrock of Library Services

Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Editorial: The Bedrock of Library Services

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My library will implement a new library service platform, or LSP, this year. We have had an integrated library system with another vendor for twenty years. I was a rank and file cataloger (special formats) when an RFP was issued for the current system. I did not have input into the selection process and also was not part of the massive data migration effort. While I attended numerous training sessions, I did not prepare documentation or train others. Both my position within my library and our needs for a more sophisticated system and services have changed a great deal in those twenty years.

Our current ILS is more than a catalog of bibliographic records. It also provides access to LibGuides, enables patrons to create citations for their sources as they conduct research, offers a variety of interlibrary loan options, and provides users with the ability to provide feedback and report problems. Those reports are received in Central Technical Services, the department that I head.

As my library moves toward implementing our new LSP and discovery product, I am part of a small team composed of individuals from functional areas within the library (technical services, collection management, finance, circulation, systems, user experience) that is making decisions and driving the process. The importance of technical services in this process, and on the outcome of the discovery process, has been acknowledged. There are so many aspects to migrating library data, and our current system contains a multiplicity of records (brief, merged formats, vendor supplied, ILL, patron) created for various purposes, some according to the prevailing standard of the time, including AACR, AAC[R.sup.2] and, most recently, RDA. The new LSP will have the ability to provide seamless access to both our MARC records and our non-MARC metadata (MODS) from our institutional repository. The LSP will provide a single search box with the option to limit searches to specific resource types.

One of the biggest challenges we are facing is migrating our three million-plus records. Vendor and patron records will need to be verified for accuracy and revised (or deleted) as appropriate. Outstanding orders will need to be verified. Database issues, such as duplicate, incomplete, or inaccurate records, are being handled now to ensure clean and accurate bibliographic records are migrated to the new system. There are so many considerations and exceptions that make such a massive undertaking a full-time job. …

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