Integrated Library Systems: Planning, Selecting, and Implementing

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ABC-CLIO, 2010 - Computers - 183 pages
Just as an automobile depends upon an engine to turn the wheels, a library needs an integrated library system (ILS) to move forward in its daily operations. Selecting an ILS is a major undertaking---a substantial investment of funds and staff time. Luckily, you now have an ally in this comprehensive guide designed to hold your hand every step of the way. Integrated Library Systems: Planning, Selecting, and Implementing is an all-inclusive guide to acquiring a new ILS. Detailed and practical, the book covers every step of the process, from cost-benefit analysis to evaluating software, writing the request for proposal, and implementation and training.

You'll learn about different types of integrated library systems---standalone, turn-key, hosted, software-as-a-service (cloud computing), and open-source---and how to assess your facility and staff to find the best fit. The book also covers evaluation of software and hardware; third-party add-ons, such as RFID; and writing successful budget proposals and justification statements. There is even specific, headache-saving advice on working with sales reps, such as the warning not to ever accept the statement: "The vendor will not be held accountable to the contents of the RFP." Even if you're working with a consultant, this book will help you understand the process and make informed decisions.
 

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Many local libraries are already running a second-, third-, or later-generation integrated library system (ILS) for cataloging and related functions. This book is not for them. But for a library that ... Read full review

Contents

Planning Selecting and Implementing 1 Getting Started
1
Planning Selecting and Implementing 2 Evaluating Integrated Library System Software
15
Planning Selecting and Implementing 3 Selecting the Hardware
29
Planning Selecting and Implementing 4 Added Features
39
Planning Selecting and Implementing 5 Working with the Sales Consultant
51
Planning Selecting and Implementing 6 Timeline for the ILS Project
61
Planning Selecting and Implementing 7 Planning Creates Success
67
Planning Selecting and Implementing 8 Creating the Budget
77
Planning Selecting and Implementing 10 Implementation Installation and Training
109
Planning Selecting and Implementing Appendix A ILS Vendors and Features Comparison Grid
127
Planning Selecting and Implementing Appendix B LongRange Strategic Plan for the Anywhere Public Library 20112021
128
Planning Selecting and Implementing Appendix C Sample Technology Plan
135
Planning Selecting and Implementing Appendix D Request For Proposal
141
Planning Selecting and Implementing Glossary
167
Planning Selecting and Implementing Selected Bibliography
175
Planning Selecting and Implementing Index
179

Planning Selecting and Implementing 9 Writing the Request for Proposal and Reviewing the Contract
87

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About the author (2010)

Desiree Webber is director of the Mustang Public Library, in Mustang, OK. She has a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of California, San Diego, and a master's degree in information science from the University of Oklahoma. Webber is coauthor of two other titles for Libraries Unlimited, The Kids' Book Club: Lively Reading and Activities for Grades 1-3 and Travel the Globe: Multicultural Story Times.
Andrew Peters is associate director of technology for the Pioneer Library System in Norman, OK. He has both a master of arts in English and a master of library science from the University of Oklahoma.

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