Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Switching, Merging, and Upgrading Systems (Part II)

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Switching, Merging, and Upgrading Systems (Part II)

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Given that many libraries have reported to our research division that they are currently switching library systems or plan to upgrade their platform this year, we decided to extend the coverage we began in last month's issue.

The lead story, by Carol Collins and Eliza Fink (from the Joel A. Katz Library at the University of Tennessee College of Law), illustrates what a difficult task it can be to evaluate vendor solutions--and just how long the process can take. They share the results of their initial analysis, comparing four vendors (Koha from ByWater Solutions, WorldShare Management Services from OCLC, SydneyEnterprise from Lucidea, and Alma/Prima from Ex Libris Group) on 18 critical features.

A big issue for academic libraries in recent years has been the need to manage both print and digital resources separately, while patrons often couldn't care less what form the materials are in and simply want to search across all library resources when conducting research. Our intrepid columnist Marshall Breeding has often commented on this. In this issue, we present an extended version of his Systems Librarian column that traces the evolution of electronic resource management (ERM) systems. …

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