Collaborative Librarianship, Vol 5, No 1 (2013)

Selecting a Shared 21st Century Management System

Alan Cornish, Richard Jost, Xan Arch

Abstract


This paper describes the factors that led the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a 37 institution academic library con-sortium in the Pacific Northwest, to move to a shared library management system. The steps that the Al-liance and its 37 member libraries took over a period of years are summarized, including the work of sev-eral research and planning groups and a formal Request for Information process. A subsequent Request for Proposal (RFP) process ended in the selection of Ex Libris Alma management system and Primo discovery services for Alliance libraries. The paper also describes the Alliance’s vision for the shared library management system, including collaborative technical services and cooperative collection development.

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