The Artel system is an automated method of requesting material from the British Library Document Supply Centre and it is being phased out. The clock is ticking, so make sure you have plan in place to move to a new LMS.
Library Management Systems need to be secure, but just how secure? Do you realise the complexities of security involved or have to be thought through? We have compiled this list, though not exhaustive, we feel that these security issues and points do need to be considered in most cases.
The Library Management System has not changed much in 20 years. The format and the approach other than being web based, is fundamentally the same. There are too many suppliers, many will be bought up as we have seen the past few years and only a few will remain. Others will grow into something more knowledge focused and less back office process driven.
The library used to include a Systems Librarian, someone whose role was to ensure that the library was well provisioned by technology and that the systems used by the library were up to muster. I recall one law library was so ahead of the game, that the IT department would come to the library to look for new ideas! The Systems Librarian post is still
For many clients a package database application is the ideal solution, incorporating a set of fields and templates to reflect what are commonly accepted types of information. A prime example is that of bibliographic data (an organised collection of references to published reports, articles, books or similar). There may be a need for some