Integrated Library Systems (ILS) are the systems that support library functions like cataloging, circulation, the OPAC or catalog, and management of acquisitions. Find a description of what an ILS is at Wikipedia entry for "Integrated Library System".
Tips for selecting an ILS
Tips for writing a Request For Proposal (RFP) for an ILS at the Southwest Michigan Library Cooperative (opens as a PDF)
Blogs/Websites to watch
- Library Technology Guides: Key resources in the field of library automation Maintained by Marshall Breeding who, for the past six years, has written the annual Automated System Marketplace article for Library Journal.
Specific Blogs Posts/Articles to Check Out
- Investing in The Future: Automation Marketplace 2009 in Library Journal (April 2009)
- Wikipedia entry titled "Integrated library system"
- Wordpress for Library Websites by Meredith Farkas. A blog post with information about using open source software Wordpress as a content management system for a library website. The comments list many libraries using Wordpress for their websites.