The library technology landscape is being transformed. Library technology vendors are being forced to innovate as a result of recent developments in computing (cloud, software as a service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)), disparate library systems and the ubiquity of devices used to access library services. Consequently, a new model, an all-encompassing library system is emerging. It has been given different names like, ‘shared service library management system’; ‘library services platforms’; ‘webscale management system’; ‘uniform management system’; ‘service platform’. In case you’ve not been following this trend, you may wish to take a look at the reports listed below for a proper perspective:
The Future of Library Systems: Library Services Platforms in Information Standards by Carl Grant, Quarterly, Fall 2012, v.24, no.4
JISC funded Welsh Shared Service Library Management System Feasibility Report
It is important that we make informed decision!