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A briefing paper written by Ken Chad for Higher Education Library Technology contrasts the library resource management landscape now with the situation in 2008 when a Jisc/SCONUL LMS study recommended that the time was not right for libraries to purchase a new library management system. In the intervening period a new generation of 'library services platforms' (LSPs) has emerged to replace library management systems (or integrated library systems –as they are also known) and the pace of procurement has quickened.

Ken Chad analyses the current landscape and looks at the strategic issues around the changing nature of library collections, shared services, workflows, analytics and the cloud. He predicts that LSPs will move to encompass additional resource silos. Furthermore cloud-based library platforms will unleash further opportunity for shared services.  ”The cloud is becoming the new normal” he suggests, quoting Amazon’s cloud strategy chief Andrew Jassy.  


Date: Tuesday 27 October 2015
Time: 1400 GMT
Duration: 40-45 minutes including Q&A


Subject level and previous knowledge required:

Introductory and non-intensive, no previous knowledge or experience required.

In preparation, you may like to read the Higher Education Library Technology briefing paper - "Library management system to library services platform. Resource management for libraries: a new perspective" by Ken Chad.



Ken Chad

Director, Ken Chad Consulting Ltd.


 Read a short biography of Ken Chad. Ken gained his MA from the Information Science Department at City University in London. He is also an alumnus of the Warwick University Business Innovation and Growth Programme which he completed in 2006. He has over 20 years software business experience and has worked at Executive Director/Board level.  His customers included a wide range of academic, research, college, public, corporate and national libraries in the UK and throughout the world. His consulting activities include work for businesses, academic institutions, local authorities and sector bodies such as Jisc, SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries) and RIN (Research Information Network). He has published articles and presented widely on the strategic impact of technology-driven change, library technology, research systems and ebooks. Ken is a member (MCLIP) of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professional CILIP , American Library Association ALA. Ken is also a main committee member of UKSG.



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