Library LMS plans

As stated earlier the ‘churn’ in LMS replacement is slow. There was a peak in replacement up to the millennium (as might be expected) but as libraries have now replaced their end-of-life, typically text based, systems, there ought to be little need to go through another costly procurement process.

There is a perception that in terms of the core LMS there is little now to differentiate systems ‘Choosing a new ILS is a lot like choosing a rental car. Like the ubiquitous four-door sedan, any ILS is going to get you where you need to go’.

Some will review their position as their fixed contract come to term and roughly 20% were looking at a possible replacement between 2008 and 2012. In view of the present state of the market libraries should carefully consider whether an expensive procurement exercise is the appropriate response in a market where products are not strongly differentiated.

Libraries are also planning to purchase Metasearch, Open URL and ERM products but even here, in the immature market for e-resource products, growth will not be dramatic with even fewer respondents reporting plans to purchase in these areas than the core LMS.