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For the past few weeks, we have been reporting on the results of our survey asking libraries how their current technology is working in today’s environment and what is important to them as they look toward the future.  Of the libraries that responded to our survey, 70 percent reported that interoperability is important or extremely important to them. Many of the open-ended comments didn’t just voice frustrations, but gave specific examples of what the respondents hope to accomplish with future collection management technology.

There is a lot of visionary thinking going on.

As revealed by our survey, libraries are looking for a broad scope of interoperability through a next-generation management system:

  • “Interface with our special Automated Storage and Retrieval System for functions and networking”
  • “Lack of integration between our catalog and databases, circulation module and cataloging”
  • “Lack of integration with external systems for managing expenditures, patron roles, identities, access and privileges”
  • “Not interoperable with student and financial systems”
  • “Better integration with our link resolver”
  • “Poor integration of the management system with discovery services”

Many libraries singled out acquisitions in particular. The numbers were such that we devoted an earlier blog post to it. Others specified that an open Application Programming Interface (API) was either lacking in their current system, or that having a robust, open API would be a key driver supporting a system change.

Serials Solutions Intota delivers true and open interoperability. Intota is built on open standards to support more online data transfer and less duplicate data entry across all interlinked systems. Support for real time transfer of data from suppliers, student systems and financial systems allows staff to work more efficiently and less in redundant batch mode. Published APIs give libraries maximum flexibility to integrate data flows with other systems.

Current, closed ILS systems can no longer deliver what libraries need. Intota can.

19 Nov 2012 | Posted by Jane Burke

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