Actually, it was called System Procurement and referred to integrated library systems rather than library management systems (They are one and the same, correct?) I’m talking about the Library 2.0 Gang’s 09/08 podcast from a couple days ago. While it seemed geared toward larger academic libraries, a smaller special library could gleam some knowledge from what was being said. The Gang’s blog hosted by Richard Wallis, also included links to documents provided by Rob McGee of RMG Consultants.
I found the discussion on planning to be very useful. We often think we will implement a library system one year and then turn our attention to other computer/web based projects. These speakers emphasized the importance of planning an overall strategy to start with to ensure the procurement of systems that will be compatible and easy to integrate. Evaluating a system today isn’t so much about the MARC record and serials check-in. While these are still important, the ability to integrate with other systems is becoming to be as important.
The link for listening to the podcast is at the bottom of the post. Note that the blog and podcast are sponsored by Talis, a UK company specializing in library automation for public and academic libraries.