New ILS Directions: Open Source Options and Consortial Implementation

Part 1 focuses on why libraries are turing to open source ILS options: opportunity for flexibility, control over library data, and (upfront) cost savings. Hear stories about experiences with Evergreen and Koha, and learn aboutissues diverse libraries faced and lessons they learned. If you are considering an open source ILS, what do you need to know and how should you prepare to research, choose, and implement one?

Part 2 describes the Orbis Cascade Alliance’s ambitious projectto implement a shared ILS for its 37 academic member institutions in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. How will the shared ILS strengthen collaboration and improve efficiency and service? Learn how four cohorts of member libraries will implement the new system between June 2013 and January 2015.

Diedre Conkling, Library Director, Lincoln County Library District

Beth Longwell, Sage System Administrator, Eastern Oregon University, Pierce Library

Buzzy Nielsen, Library Director,Hood River County Library District

Jessica Tobin, Technical Services & Systems Librarian, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Arnold Library

Susan Hinken, Head, Technical Services and Collection Development, University of Portland