2006 ILS Industry Overview
Marshall Breeding has provided a great overview of the integrated library system marketplace in LibraryJournal.com. Many changes have taken place over the past year and it looks like he has found them all. Although I will highlight some of the major events, Breeding’s article is well worth your time, as it explains the ramifications.
- OCLC acquires both DiMeMa (CONTENTdm) and RLG.
- Move to Software as a Service (Saas) mode, formerly called the ASP model.
- PINES consortium in Georgia moved 252 libraries to the open source ILS Evergreen, developed by the Georgia Public Library Service; Nelsonville Public Library in Ohio migrated to Koha, another open source ILS; both projects have spurred the development of commercially available support for these open source ILS systems.
- NCSU uses Endeca on top of their Unicorn ILS to provide a more functional web-based interface; AquaBrowser, marketed through TLC, provides another web-based interface and is finding a market; both Ex Libris and III are developing their own.
- Sirsi acquired Dynix to become SirsiDynix; SirsiDynix acquired by Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm.
- Follett acquired Sagebrush Corporation.
- Ex Libris acquired Endeavor; Ex Libris acquired by Francisco Partners, another private equity firm.
- Open URL resolvers are standard in academic libraries.
- Federated search and ERM products are both gaining sales.
Read the article!