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Open is the New Next for Libraries
Library management systems are evolving. Witness the emergence of the Library Services Platform (LSP). Often called “next generation”, the LSP is cloud-based and promises an “all-in-one” approach to managing all aspects of a library’s operations. Yet a question arises: is an holistic approach to librarymanagement desired? And where and how does the end-user experience factor in? Library success, after all, hinges on providing streamlined access to collections and the best possible end-user experience. As such, what are the elements of a next generation system that truly take library needs and the user experience into account?
This session will look at the need to deconstruct the technology ecosphere so libraries can choose those applications or modules that best serve their needs. Done right, a new model, centered on choice, and focused on ‘best of breed’ services and applications, can bring increased efficiencies and result in better services. Of course, choice has its challenges. How does the tapestry, after all, take shape? The library community, as such, plays a pivotal role in the facilitation of choice. Think increased engagement around interoperability standards, and more involvement in promoting – and developing– open source solutions that best align with a library’s mission.
The presenter will look at how the Library Services Platform has evolved over time, and how it may evolve into a new, deconstructed paradigm based on modularity and choice. Deconstruction assumes a library technology ecosystem that eliminates the restrictions of a closed/monolithic suite of services from a single vendor. Rather, libraries have choice for best of breedwith options to select and integrate various applications and content sources from any provider in support of end user outcomes. This model may well be the “next generation” in library automation. The future open environment enables interoperability among resources, supports library choice, and maximizes the value of the overall services infrastructure not only in terms of back-end efficiencies, but moreover, end user experience and success.