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ERIC Number: EJ793035
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-7915
OPAC: The Next Generation Placing an Encore Front End onto a SirsiDynix ILS
Marcin, Susan; Morris, Peter
Computers in Libraries, v28 n5 p6-9, 62 May 2008
Over the last few years, there has been a wealth of materials written and presented on next-generation library catalogs. These next-generation interfaces strive to turn "standard" integrated library systems (ILSs) into more nimble and robust search platforms that offer more user-friendly 2.0 enhancements for users. Rather than abandoning one ILS in favor of another, libraries are increasingly opting to put a new face onto an existing ILS by choosing from the variety of vendor-created products and placing one of these atop a native ILS interface. In comparison with the time and impact of a complete ILS replacement, this option is meant to leverage the technical expertise of the vendor to quickly and efficiently provide the library with a "better" catalog. In the summer of 2007, staff members at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library at Fairfield University undertook a study of next-generation library catalogs, which was inspired by the director of library services and the university librarian attending vendor demonstrations at ACRL 2007. The staff looked at a wide array of products available at the time, and their final choice was Innovative Interfaces, Inc.'s (III's) Encore. The DiMenna-Nyselius Library is the first SirsiDynix library to implement an Encore system. As such, they are in a relatively unique position to comment on the intricacies of such a project that merges two disparate systems. This article will touch upon the evaluation and selection processes they went through when choosing their next-generation library catalog. It will also offer some points to consider in making the leap.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut