Report on Cal State University Plans to Build Unified Library Management System (ULMS) Across 23 Campuses
From the Long Beach Press Telegram:
The Council of Library Deans for CSU is working on a cloud-based service platform to deliver and manage library services and content with the aim of creating a single library management system across all 23 schools. The system should increase campus collaboration and form a more equitable research system for students, from Chico State to the Channel Islands, and from San Bernardino to San Diego State, according to officials.
Gerry Hanley, assistant vice chancellor of academic technology services in the Long Beach-based Chancellor’s Office, said each library 30 years ago had its own checkout system for their vast collections of print books.
With digital content becoming dominant in CSU libraries, deans across the system are working on an array of projects, in addition to the unified library-management system, that should further transform libraries from 20th century dustbins to modern dens of study.
That includes an overhaul of the way print collections are managed. Twenty-one campuses in the CSU system are using the same software to conduct inventory and research the usage their books.
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See Also: Unified Library Management System Fact Sheet (via CSU Libraries Network)
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