One of the disruptions in the Integrated Library System (ILS) market in the
Breeding noted that the investment into Open Source ILS was last year about 10% of the market and will be about 25% of investment this year in
As examples of OS ILS het mentions
Koha – commercial support from LibLime
Evergreen – Commercial support from Equinox
OPALS – commercial support from Media Flex
NewGenLib – Open Source ILS for the developing world.
Next he goes on to explain the different shades of green that can make a system Open Source. In many cases an open API layer allows libraries to configure and manipulate the system to their liking. Breeding pleads for the development of universal API that can applied towards different ILS. Het talks about the Berkeley Accords.
Rethinking the ILS
Traditional ILS model is not suitable for hybrid libraries where print and digital come together. The classical ILS focuses on Cataloging + Circulation + OPAC + Serials + Acquisitions, whereas nowadays integration includes link resolvers, full text, federated search and Electronic resource management. However the foundations of ILS were carved in stone in the 1965 and still stand their time. We should be pushing the standards constantly. The influence that Google has had on our users is that they expect to do full text searches. Libraries are still worrying about Metadata, users want the data.
The next generation ILS should be based on a Services Oriented Architecture wich consists of many small granular modules that complete the tasks.
Towards the end het makes mention of the Open Library Environment (OLE) project sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation where they are rethinking the next generation of library systems.