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The Future of the ILS
Transcript of The Future of the ILS
Text-based mainframe or microcomputer applications The Cloud The Cloud:
3 main categories Software as a Service (SaaS)- The Future of the ILS What we've learned: Open source software and its benefits/drawbacks– hands-on experience with KOHA
The many technological elements that it takes to maintain a functional, innovative, and usable library
The many hats that those that work in these libraries have to wear, especially in regard to learning, adapting, & seeking new technologies SaaS
Diagram Platform as a Service (PaaS)- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)- Client/Server Systems The Cloud "Libraries Services Platforms" "This new model takes to heart the reality
in which libraries operate today with complex collections composed of print, electronic, and digital components, with the role of print diminishing." Products:
Intota from SerialsSolutions,
Alma from Ex Libris Ltd.,
OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services
Kuali OLE open source project,and
Sierra from Innovative Interfaces, Inc. “a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computer resources (e.g. networks, servers, storage, applications and services).”
–NIST National Institute for Standards and Technology  So what's going to change? Daily Infographic:
http://bit.ly/VzsMEa -mid 1980s, electronic card catalogs, "dumb terminals" connected to a mainframe, one task at a time -mid 1990s-today, graphical user interfaces, software installed on PCs, ex. Symphony and Millennium -mid 2000's, web-based applications on infrastructure provided externally, ex. BiblioCommons  “A shift from a product to a service”
– Simon Wardley, OSCON 2009  rent hardware, operating systems, storage and network capacity over the Internet.
Ex. OCLC Web Services model in which an organization outsources the equipment used to support operations, including storage, hardware, servers and networking components.
Ex. Storage services, Amazon Web Services Applications delivered over the Internet SaaS What are the benefits? -multi-tenancy, only one copy of the software running, and that copy accesses only one copy of the database. Multiple libraries share and access this one instance of the software. “Besides eliminating hardware, software, maintenance and upgrade hassles, the other benefits of the cloud seem like the Holy Grail of information sharing: implementation of collaboration, standardized content distribution, easy searching, and rapid application development.” So What? Wow.
Technology is evolving. That happened before, remember? Marshall Breeding, among others in the biz, think it is a big deal. "...until recently, automation systems have not necessarily undergone a fundamental redesign." and "general tasks of library automation...carried forward on top of new technology underpinnings."  complex collections composed of print, electronic, and digital components,with the role of print diminishing
Separate platforms = separate processes, something that can be eliminated
Standard modules and workflows will need to reevaluated to address modern libraries' needs (more digital resources) Breeding says that this gives libraries a chance to reevaluate how they "organize their work" Basically, we're dealing with new user needs and expectations and new resource formats. Not only our technology but ways of conducting business, need to reflect that so we can be more efficient while meeting our users' expectations. Large,
Efficiency ALA Roundtable:
The Future of the ILS Midwinter Conference January 2011 "What do you think is the single most compelling factor that will have an impact on ILSs and the industry in the future?" The Cloud
Enhanced Automated Workflows
Philosophical Shift concerning IT
Dominance of Digital Content
Efficiency Examples: Prezi, Gmail, Dropbox, Google Docs, Flickr, Facebook, Outlook, Google Drive... and the list goes on. References 6. Serials Solutions: A ProQuest business. Software as a Service and Cloud Computing: Key Considerations for Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.serialssolutions.com/en/resources/detail/software-as-a-service-and-cloud-computing-key-considerations-for-libraries 3. Breeding, Marshall. 2012. New Library Collections, New Technologies: New Workflows. Computers in Libraries. (23-25). 1. Arnold, Erik. (2008). Leveraging Clouds to Make You More Efficient: How SaaS-y Are You? ProQuest Social Sciences Premium Collection. (31-35). 5. Rapp, David. (2011). The Future of the ILS. Library Journal. Table Talk, ALA Midwinter Roundtable Discussion. Still from Young Frankenstein. 1974. Gruskoff/Venture Films Perhaps we won't have to Frankenstein our systems together? http://21stcenturylibrary.com/2010/05/12/21st-century-patrons-revisited/ Pepperdine University Migrated from Voyager to OCLC's WMS enable more efficient workflows
improve interoperability between various library systems and services
find a better way to manage eResources Why? 4. Case Study: Pepperdine University Libraries Go Web Scale. (2011). http://www.oclc.org/webscale/overview/websessions.htm Outsourced hosting
efficiencies in technical services and in use of shared data
integration of services 2. Breeding, Marshall. (2011). A Cloudy Forecast for Libraries. Computers in Libraries. Vol 31, No 7.