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Intota™, our transformative library services platform, took center stage at ALA Midwinter, as many conference-goers braved the cold to join us at a product update breakfast on Saturday, January 31.
Some highlights of this event included:
• An overview of the innovative approach we’re taking in designing a next-generation library system. Kathryn Harnish, Director of Product Management for Intota, discussed traditional, process-oriented approaches to defining system requirements and suggested that these fall short in a transformative moment for libraries. Harnish asserted that libraries are really about making connections between resources and people and, as such, need a conceptual model for next-generation systems in which workflows stem from the relationships between them.
• A snapshot of the benefits of Intota v1, which addresses functionality not included in today’s ILS environments – electronic resource management and assessment. Jane Burke, Vice President of Market Development, reviewed how Intota improves library workflows for ERM, highlighting the product’s support for automated demand-driven ebook acquisitions.
• Sharing the progress and providing a sneak peek into exciting new features planned for the next version of Intota, which is intended to enable some libraries to displace their legacy ILS systems. Burke provided an overview of v2 plans before turning the reins over the Michelle D’Couto, Lead Product Manager for Intota, for a demonstration of our work to date. D’Couto showed how the conceptual model translates into new, more streamlined workflows, focusing on automated ordering processes and opportunities for enrichment of our patron records.
We were thrilled by the positive response to this breakfast event and the feedback we received at the show. As collections have become predominantly digital, the requirements for managing and providing access to a library’s holdings have changed.
As a result, it’s clear that library workflows must evolve.
Intota is helping to transform libraries. Learn why now is the time for library systems to transform.