Thursday, February 15, 2007
Dawn of a New Era by Roy Tennant
Dawn of a New Era by Roy Tennant for Library Journal, February 15, 2007 - "On September 5, 2006, over 250 libraries in the Georgia consortium, PINES, began using a next-generation integrated library system (ILS) they wrote from scratch. Within two months they racked up two million checkouts and half-a-million renewals for a collection of eight million items and 1.5 million borrowers. While they aren't the first to use an open source solution for their most essential operations, they are the largest and most complex system in the United States to attempt such a transition. The potential impact of this event on the library marketplace, which has recently been dominated by mergers and acquisitions, cannot be overstated...more"