The LMS Change project will develop and disseminate a vision for the future of library systems and a delivery ‘roadmap’. Working with the companion Pathfinders, the project will explore the potential for new approaches to library systems infrastructure, taking account of considerations beyond the traditional LMS to include other business critical and curatorial systems, both within and above campus.

LMS Change

Summary

Based on a 3-phase work plan, the LMS Change project will develop and disseminate a vision for the future of library systems and a delivery ‘roadmap’. 

Working with the companion Pathfinder projects, the project will explore the potential for new approaches to library systems infrastructure, taking account of considerations beyond the traditional LMS to include other business critical and curatorial systems, both within and above campus. 

The findings will be delivered in a single report, published in a highly navigable web format. 

The project team will be supported by a ‘Collaboration Group’ of seven HEIs, representative of a range of positions and drivers that characterise the library management systems problem space. That group has committed time valued at around
£25,000 without cost to the project. 

Methodology

Phase 1 - Synthesis: Involves a synthesis of previous reports, case studies and project outcomes from the library systems environment in the UK and overseas. It will evaluate the potential to build on existing communities, products and services,
generating an outline of the current state of the library systems landscape.

Phase 2 - Landscape: Involves engagement and liaison with prioritised ‘pathfinder’ projects and with other relevant initiatives and entities within the wider environment. This will enable us to baseline the current programme and to evaluate the potential of projects to contribute to an understanding of future library systems infrastructure.

Phase 3 - Evaluation and scoping: Involves analysis of the emerging options in order to scope the proposed service(s) and infrastructure.

Introduction to the project at a recent meeting: