OCLC has released more modules for their “cloud-based” integrated library system. This has lit our fire. We’ve known for awhile that we need to review how we use our ILS and determine if there is a business case for retaining it or migrating to another option. The OCLC option represents a sea-change in library automation. It’s the only web-services based ILS in the current market.
It is time for us to stop talking and start doing. We know how in a rough sense (needs assessment, functional requirements, review). It’s the devil-y details which make the process intimidating. The ILS is one of the largest expenses in a library. Almost all daily work processes touch it. It is a capital B big deal. Any mistake will be costly.
So, we’re planning. Something concrete will emerge shortly. Meanwhile, I await the publication of this . Guidance of any sort is welcome at this stage in the game.