has announced that the company plans to release a turnkey Open Source Integrated Library System (ILS) and integrated Digital Library content management solution. Systems will be available for installation at customers’ sites or as a hosted solution (SaaS) beginning in Q4 of 2008.Integrating the digital asset management software in with the ILS means that users can go to one spot to locate a wide variety of content including digital assets and information hardcopy books. Users don't want to have to search multiple places for information, so this is creating a solution that users should like.
John said the part of the press release that caused the most stir was (emphasis added):
The solution will benefit special, academic and public libraries that want to utilize capital funds for building a Digital Library Content Management solution while obtaining an ILS functionality at no additional cost. The investment will provide libraries with an integrated ILS/Digital Library solution at a cost that is significantly less than the cost of commercial ILS software alone.I, for one, will be interested to see this software once it is released. Could it start a trend that other software companies will follow?
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