Just as an automobile depends upon an engine to turn the wheels, a library needs an integrated library system 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 a comprehensive guide designed to hold your hand every step of the way.
This book offers everything you need to know about selecting and implementing the best integrated library system (ILS) for your library, whether you purchase and install it yourself or hire a consultant to assist you.
This is the book you've been waiting for. 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, turnkey, 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.
• A cost-benefit analysis worksheet to assist in selecting the best type of system
• A chart of ILS vendors with types of systems sold and a price comparison grid
• Time-saving forms, worksheets, and sample plans to assist the reader through the process
• A start-to-finish timeline for an integrated library system project
• A glossary of key terms such as "cloud computing," "DMZ," and "Gap file"
• A bibliography of books, journal articles and websites covering integrated library systems, strategic planning, technology, technology planning, and related topics, such as negotiating contracts with library system vendors
• Provides a step-by-step road map for acquiring the best integrated library system for one's facility
• Collects all the information anyone might need in one book, from evaluating software and hardware to writing the request for proposal to "going live"
• Discusses frankly the dos and don'ts of working with sales consultants, from product demonstration to contract and invoice
• Helps librarians know what to expect ahead of time so they can become knowledgeable decision-makers
Contract Negotiation and Invoicing
Data Migration and "Going Live"
Evaluating ILS Software.
Evaluating Vendor Demonstrations
Evaluating Vendor RFPs
Final Payment to Vendor
Implementation of Staff Meetings
Installation of Hardware and Software
Marketing ILS to Customers and Staff
Request for Proposal
Retrospective Conversion Process
Selecting Added Features
Types of Integrated Library Systems
Working with ILS Vendors