In an era of electronic collections, management of those collections has changed. The ILS was built for print collections and print warehousing activities and requires processes that don’t provide the efficiencies that libraries need today. We have observed that libraries have built layers of redundancy around the ILS to compensate for these increasing shortcomings. And this shift to electronic collections requires that libraries reconsider their “backend” systems—libraries need seamless solutions to facilitate more efficient operations, enabling staff to focus on delivery of new services required by 21st century universities.
The library also needs to prove its value through other activities such as being embedded in the departments and in academic projects and providing instructional design assistance.
Read the article in Against the Grain to learn more about the changes in the industry including Intota, Serials Solutions’ new solution for managing all library collections – print, digital and electronic – in a single, “in the cloud” service, which will allow the library to focus on managing today’s collection with an innovative and new system.