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NISO Webinar: Integrating Library Management Systems 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Saving Time)

System Requirements:

  • NISO has developed a quick tutorial, How to Participate in a NISO Web Event. Please view the recording, which is an overview of the web conferencing system and will help to answer the most commonly asked questions regarding participating in an online Webex event.
  • You will need a computer for the presentation and Q&A.
  • Audio is available through the computer (broadcast) and by telephone. We recommend you have a set-up for telephone audio as back-up even if you plan to use the broadcast audio as the voice over Internet isn't always 100% reliable.
  • Please check your system in advance to make sure it meets the Cisco WebEx requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that your system is properly set up before each webinar begins.  

About the Webinar

Library management systems today must not exist in isolation, but should integrate with a variety of other components, both within the library’s own technical infrastructure and beyond. The current genre of library services platforms brings together a variety of components which were previously implemented separately. Many libraries continue to use integrated library systems along with separate tools for managing electronic resources. Resource management systems of all types must integrate with discovery services or other patron-facing resources. This webinar will explore some of the issues involved with integrating technology components into a cohesive environment for efficient resource management and easy access for library users. It will include both an overview of the key issues involved and perspectives from librarians who have practical experience with integrating library management and discovery systems.

Agenda and Event Slides

Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO


Strategies for Integration

Marshall Breeding, Creator and Editor, Library Technology Guides; 

A variety of themes can be seen in the current technology scene for libraries. Especially among academic libraries, the longstanding arrangement of using integrated library systems for acquisition and management of print materials is giving way to more comprehensive platforms which address library materials in multiple formats. Regardless of the consolidation of functionality for resource management, the need for integration remains. These resource management systems must integrate with discovery services, acquired either bundled or acquired separately. Interoperability with campus business and information systems is increasingly crucial. The ability to achieve the desired level of integration depends on the APIs exposed by both resource management and discovery services. Breeding will provide an overview of the current trends and issues related to the integration of strategic technology products for libraries.

Marshall Breeding held a variety of technology positions at Vanderbilt University from 1985-2012 and now is an independent consultant working with all types of libraries. He created and manages Library Technology Guides, is editor of Smart Libraries Newsletter published by ALA TechSource, writes a monthly column for Computers in Libraries magazine, and authors the annual Library Systems Report which appears in American Libraries. He was a co-chair of NISO Open Discovery Initiative and serves on its current standing committee. Breeding produced “The Future of Library Resource Discovery,” a white paper commissioned by the NISO Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee.


Integration Planning and Expectations for Florida’s Next-Generation ILS

Ellen Bishop, Director, Integrated Library Services, Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative - FLVC

An overview of current integration and support of the library services provided by the Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative, including Ex Libris’ Aleph and discovery interfaces, Primo and locally developed Mango. As FALSC looks to the future with the migration and implementation of a next-gen ILS and Discovery Interface, III’s Sierra and Encore Duet, planning has begun for the integration of print, electronic and digital resource management. The vision includes mobile workflows, an enhanced user experience and real-time updates utilizing interoperability with third party systems.

Ellen Bishop is the Director for Integrated Library Services at the Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative, part of the Florida Virtual Campus and a division of the University of West Florida Innovation Institute. FALSC provides library automation services for the students, faculties, and staff at the 40 public colleges and universities in the state of Florida. She is co-lead for the current Sierra / Encore Duet Implementation.


Integration or Bust: Making a Migration Work

Susan Johns-Smith, Coordinator of Library Systems & Consortia, Pittsburg State University.  

Pittsburg State recently migrated to Innovative Interfaces’ Sierra and Encore products, employing updated integration tools for patron data, item availability, and fines payment APIs. Synchronization routines to move data from Sierra to Summon were also refreshed. Observations on successes and challenges for the future will be discussed.

Susan Johns-Smith, University Professor at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, currently serves as Systems Librarian and Coordinator of Library Systems Consortia. Pittsburg State currently licenses ProQuest’s Summon Discovery product, installed in 2010, as well as Innovative Interfaces’ Sierra and Encore products, installed in 2014.


Maintaining Platform Integrations While Performing Migrations

Fred A. Reiss. Head of Digital Data/Metadata and E-Content Licensing Services, Library Technology Platforms, University of Oklahoma Libraries

Since 2013, OU Libraries has changed discovery platforms (EBSCO EDS to ExLibris Primo), link resolvers (EDS to SFX to ExLibris Alma), library management systems (SirsiDynix Symphony to ExLibris Alma), and web site platforms (.NET to Drupal). With these changes, integrations needed to be maintained between the above platforms, and with external platforms such as ILLiad, Desire2Learn, the campus student information system, and Banner. Issues and lessons from these migrations/integrations will be discussed, along with a brief mention of integrations currently under development.

In his current position, Fred Reiss identifies desirable metadata schemas/fields for digital projects, performs batch data conversions and migrations between library and non-library platforms, consults with colleagues on data and/or metadata issues, and serves as a technology firefighter when needed.


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Registration closes on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (ET)

  • NISO Member
    • $95.00 (US and Canada)
    • $109.00 (International)
  • NASIG Member
    • $95.00
  • Non-Member
    • $125.00 (US and Canada)
    • $149.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $49.00

Additional Information

  • Registration closes at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Cancellations made by Wednesday, June 1, 2016 will receive a refund, less a $25 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.
  • Registrants will receive detailed instructions about accessing the webinar via e-mail the Monday prior to the event. (Anyone registering between Monday and the close of registration will receive the message shortly after the registration is received, within normal business hours.) Due to the widespread use of spam blockers, filters, out of office messages, etc., it is your responsibility to contact the NISO office if you do not receive login instructions.
  • If you have not received your Login Instruction email by 10:00 a.m. (ET) on the Tuesday before the webinar, at please contact the NISO office at nisohq@niso.org for immediate assistance.
  • Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes access to the online recorded archive of the webinar. You may have as many people as you like from the registrant's organization view the webinar from that one connection. If you need additional connections, you will need to enter a separate registration for each connection needed.
  • If you are registering someone else from your organization, either use that person's e-mail address when registering or contact NISO Office to provide alternate contact information.
  • Library Standards Alliance (LSA) members receive one free webinar connection as part of their membership and DO NOT need to register for the event for this free connection. Your webinar contact will receive the login instructions the Monday before the event. You may have as many people as you like from the member's library view the webinar from that one connection. If you need additional connections beyond the free one, then you will need to enter a paid registration (at the member rate) for each additional connection required.
  • Webinar presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to the site following the live webinar.
  • Registrants and LSA member webinar contacts will receive an e-mail message containing access information to the archived webinar recording within 48 hours after the event. This recording access is only to be used by the registrant's or member's organization.