The Redefined ILS: Tactical, Practical, Strategic, Sustainable

Sarah Nichols

Sarah Nichols

July 16, 2015
Organizational information and knowledge management activities must be overseen and conducted by highly trained professionals who are supported with cutting edge technology and applications.

The backbone of an information intensive organization is an integrated library system (ILS) that optimizes the management of acquisitions, cataloging, delivery and circulation of critical content across the enterprise.

In addition, there are many other important information management applications (ideally built and maintained by library staff) including:

  • information portals
  • specialized and customizable databases
  • digital media repositories
  • online usage tracking tools
  • contracts and vendor management reporting
  • interactive research request trackers

The advanced applications mentioned above bridge the gap between library and knowledge management, defined as: the technology-enabled creation, capture, organization and delivery of information critical to achievement of organizational objectives. The redefined ILS offers a unified platform that both supports high powered classic library automation and answers knowledge management needs.

A library’s sustainability depends upon its capacity to keep up with changing requirements. A powerful ILS offers an indispensable toolkit, and an ILS that’s a perfect match for your organization can adapt to the changing needs of your end users – without dependence on IT support. The redefined ILS offers the flexibility and customization options required for growth, innovation and integration with your existing systems – meaning you extract full benefit from high-value knowledge assets, reduce costs, enhance revenues and dramatically increase efficiency.

As with many software applications, the prospect of converting or migrating to a new ILS can be daunting. It’s easy to think about all the problems that might occur, and simply stick with “the devil you know.” However, making a change doesn’t have to be difficult if you find a vendor that understands the importance of a seamless migration and has best practice tools and procedures to support that built right in.

When you articulate the value of an ILS – and communicate that to your leadership – thinking of it as the “Indispensable Library Solution” will keep you focused on high impact tactical and strategic benefits as you make the business case, and ultimately, the platform selection.

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Sarah Nichols

Sarah L. Nichols is an experienced knowledge manager with expertise developed in a variety of professional services and nonprofit organizations. She is skilled in research, enterprise social networking applications, marketing of library and knowledge management services, contract negotiation and vendor relationship management. Now, as a writer, editor and principal of her own consulting practice, Sotto Voce Communications, Sarah writes about issues facing librarians, knowledge managers and other information professionals.

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