Publication Date

November 2009


Current integrated library systems traditionally combine both user discovery and inventory management applications, merging very different functional needs into a single environment. As libraries look to the future, our service platforms must evolve in a way that enables both more efficient management and more effective presentation of a wide array of library resources. For many libraries, the first step in the process has been to decouple the user discovery and delivery environment, separating the needs for patron presentation from the requirements for back-office management. In this way, libraries have attempted to improve the enduser experience.

This presentation examines how new technologies and standards can help the library take the next step – to revolutionize its management activities. Until recently, “next gen” integrated library system innovations have focused on discovery. In what ways can we improve inventory management?