|Vol. XVI, no. 1||TCU Library Newsletter, Web Edition||November 2003|
|New Library Computer System Software to Be Purchased|
The Library will purchase new computer software to manage its database of library information. The current DRA software was purchased 15 years ago and that company was acquired by a vendor who will not continue the product as used by TCU. The software manages the public interface to library data (the online catalog), and controls functions such as circulation, cataloging, periodicals, and acquisitions.
The Library will continue to purchase subscriptions to commercially available electronic databases and electronic journals available over the Internet. The new integrated library system (ILS) software manages internal library functions and provides links to these external sources. The purchase of an ILS will change workflow responsibilities for the majority of library employees.
The Associate University Librarian chaired an ILS (Integrated Library System) Selection Committee to review product functionality of comparable products on the market. Selected library staff developed a lengthy RFI document (Request For Information) and solicited detailed responses from chosen vendors. A few of the vendors were then invited to campus to give product demonstrations to both Library and Computing Center staff. The ILS Selection committee traveled to other university libraries whose ILS software was under serious consideration by the MCB Library.
Bob Seal, University Librarian, worked with TCU’s Advancement Department to secure funding for such a major purchase. Dave Edmondson, Assistant Provost for Information Services, and Bob Seal will begin purchase discussions with the chosen vendor later this fall. We hope to announce information about TCU’s new ILS early in 2004.