We recognize that all libraries deal with rapidly changing technology and ever-rising costs. In addition, we know that ongoing Integrated System Support (ILS) support for smaller libraries is a challenge. We want to find a solution!
The ALC has been awarded a 2020 Competitive Grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to design a viable model for a cost-effective, fully functional, regional, shared ILS. This project is designed to find a solution that benefits all libraries wishing to participate across the region while reducing costs for everyone. Our hope is to replicate the model we create in other regions of Texas so all libraries can benefit.
Our first step in the process is to conduct a needs assessment of libraries across the region via surveys and interviews. After our initial assessment, we will begin work on a viable pricing model, system requirements, and software review/demonstrations. Then, expand our services to provide a shared ILS to smaller libraries across the region at affordable rates.
We will soon begin contacting libraries in the region for input concerning this grant project. As we assess the feasibility of an expanded ILS that meets the blended needs of multi-type libraries, we will greatly appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.
This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and Texas State Library and Archives Commission (grant number LSG-20001). (2020)
September 2020 Update: We are very excited to report that the project has received funding from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for another year through FY2021. This means that our vision for a region-wide, shared ILS takes one step closer to becoming a reality!