SUBJECT: Combined ILS Feasibility/Review
TO: Any library or library system considering an ILS upgrade or replacement within the next 2 years
FROM: The High Plains Library District (HPLD)
DATE: July, 2008
Greetings Colorado Library Partners -
Many Colorado libraries have expressed a need to undertake an Integrated Library System (ILS) review and potential replacement within the next few years. The High Plains Library District is no exception and we invite any Colorado library to join us in answering questions such as:
1. Our ILS isn’t doing what we need it to, what will?
2. What should we do now that SirsiDynix is sunsetting Horizon?
3. Our ILS server needs to be replaced by 2010. Does this affect our ILS migration schedule?
4. Should we upgrade to Unicorn or should we completely replace the ILS?
5. Should we upgrade to an open source product?
Some intended benefits of having multiple organizations involved in combined in a mutual effort include:
1. Improved efficiencies - one project with shared information versus a project for each individual library/library system.
2. If the same solution is selected by multiple participants:
a. Cost savings though improved purchasing power.
i. If multiple libraries come to the same vendor conclusion, we’ll have greater leverage to negotiate cost savings as a group.
b. Cost and efficiency savings through potential shared training and other like resources.
i. Why recreate the training for each location? Let’s create a training plan and share it.
How would this process work? Join us online 9:00a-10:30a Tuesday, July 22 to discuss the process and decide if you are interested in partnering to determine the future of your ILS. Alternately, contact Gem Stone-Logan or Susan Staples for more information.