Innovative ILS Vendors

When I read my last post I felt that it is incomplete, so I decided to give you some more information on innovative ILS companies. In the October issue of Computers in Libraries, there was an article from Marshal Breeding called " The Birth of New Generation of Library Interfaces", which briefly highlights the development of the next generation of library catalogs ( ILS).

" Library Corp. was the first to jump into the next-generation catalog competition.
The company didn't create its own product but partnered with Medialab Solutions to
offer AquaBrowser and Endeca to libraries. AquaBrowser, developed by Medialab
Solutions, which was recently acquired by R.R. Bowker, is a next-gen library
interface that has seen the widest adoption to date, with more than 100 libraries using

Innovative Interfaces focused much of its development resources over the last year on
creating Encore, its discovery services platform. Encore targets a wide variety of
libraries. Its initial bevy of more than 50 early adopters includes public, academic, and
special libraries.

Ex Libris created Primo, a next-gen interface that implements its vision for
discovering and delivering information sources in academic libraries. The company
positions this product as a single-user interface to front all of a library's print and
electronic resources.

Polaris chose the path of enhancing the online catalog it delivered as part of its
integrated system with the slate of features expected in next-generation library
interfaces. The latest version of the Polaris online catalog includes features such as
relevancy ranking, faceted navigation, and book jacket images. I have not found any
examples where a customer has chosen to replace the Polaris online catalog with a
third-party product.

OCLC offers WorldCat Local as a new catalog option for libraries. Currently in the
pilot stage, WorldCat Local combines the power of searching the global WorldCat
database with modern interface features and with hooks into the library's local ILS for
item availability and patron service features."

I chose to copy this part of the article, because it perfectly compliments my previous post by detailing a little bit more about the major ILS vendors and their products. If you are someone, who is really interested in the future of ILS, I strongly recommend that you read the October 2007 issue " Computers In Libraries", because the whole publication is dedicated to library automation.

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