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How to Conduct a Library Services Platform Review and Selection
Computers in Libraries - Westport
Subjects: Librarians; Software; Libraries; Benefit cost analysis; Cost control; Collection development; Library staff; Technical services; User services
Author: Gallagher, Matt
Date: Oct 2016
Start Page: 20
Pages: 3
Abstract (Document Summary)

ILSs are being swiftly replaced by library services platforms (LSP). While many may find this next-generation rebranding unnecessary, it is true that librarians across the country are in the midst of assessing their ILSs and looking critically at these LSPs and their own technological infrastructures. People've been told that these LSPs will seamlessly integrate with all their other systems and software. They are more user-friendly, help create a single log-in environment with learning management systems, and free up library personnel and resources. However, it is obviously more complicated in practice than in scripted webinars and sandbox environments. Resources are readily available that provide good entry points into the general landscape, terminology, vendors and their respective products, and the rate at which other libraries are migrating to specific LSPs. Taking into consideration the user and personnel survey data previously mentioned, it's best to start a spreadsheet or similar working document that lists out features and any other measurables you'd like to compare.

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