migration, ILS, systems, next generation, cloud-based


The decision to migrate to a new library system is generally a long-term decision. The integrated library system, which some now call library platforms, impact many if not all facets of the library experience. Making a transition to a new system impacts all staff and our patrons on some level. In addition to the traditional services included in a library system we are increasingly seeing new services pop-up including electronic resource management systems, discovery layers, and program management systems, as part of the new library platforms. According to Marshall Breeding’s, Library Perceptions 2017 Survey, a little more than 28% of libraries surveyed were “shopping” for a new system.

The William Allen White Library, at Emporia State University, after roughly 20 years with Innovative Interfaces, Inc,. decided to migrate to OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services(WMS). The migration began mid-2013 and WMS went live in January 2014. Fast forward to 2017, where the decision was made to migrate back to Innovative Interfaces, Inc.. The migration began Fall 2017 with an eventual go-live date of June 2018 for Innovative Interfaces, Inc’s, Sierra system. This presentation will focus on this library’s experiences ending with recommendations for migration projects.

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