As much as we like to think that libraries are unique, they actually operate much like a supply chain system with central distribution centers and retail outlets. Obviously, there are differences but when it comes to materials handling, an area in which I do a lot of consulting, the similarities are striking. Both industries distribute material to outlets, require complex logistics systems, require accurate sorting and picking, and employ self-service technologies. As such, I spend a lot of time learning about warehouse management, logistics, supply chain technologies and best practices, and I use that knowledge in my consulting. Supply chain and warehouse management systems occupy adjacent niches to library materials handling. Not exactly the same industry but lots in common.
In this article, Lori Ayre's discusses Library Communication Framework (LCF). LCF is a set of protocols that replicate and extend Standard Interchange Protocol (SIP2) and NCIP2 while adding web services functionality for the exchange of information.
Lori Bowen Ayre discusses important aspects about community collaboration and the use of technology. As Program Co-Chair for the California Library Association’s Annual Conference, she reviews all the proposed sessions and, as a result, she get to see not only what California libraries are doing but also the initiatives of which they are most proud. And what libraries seem to be most proud of these days is work they are doing in partnership with other groups in their community. Community collaborations and partnerships are inside our libraries, in our communities, and on our library websites. Many of these collaborations rely on technology in one way or another.
Lori Bowen Ayre discusses technology and convenience versus privacy.
Lori Bowen Ayre shares her thoughts on how a library should approach the development of a RFP (Request for Proposal).
This paper presents important aspects and issues related to the merging of six regional library delivery services in a single statewide system that serves more than 550 libraries, that together circulate more than 15 million items annually throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The purpose of marrying the six distinct systems was to reduce redundancies and incorporate innovative features to improve library processing efficiency. Most libraries are members of one of nine separate shared integrated library systems. The paper covers the background, objectives, benefits, issues, lessons learned, and a successful request for proposal procurement process for this complex project.