Our Library Management System (LMS), which is the backbone of our public catalog (ANTPAC), handles our acquisitions, subscriptions, loans, and returns. The current system is dated and does not provide users with the optimum possible experience. Additionally, support for this old system will come to an end. It is time for us to move to a cloud-based, hosted solution. Therefore the Libraries are beginning the process of accepting bids for a new Library Management System and public catalog.
What are the advantages of migrating to a new system?
A new public catalog and LMS will enable the Libraries to take advantage of web-based and cloud computing, and allow us to manage digital collections more efficiently. The result will be an improved user interface that makes searching intuitive and provides seamless discovery of information across a variety of resources and collections.
What is the timeline?
Bids from vendors reviewed December 2016 - January 2017
Decision made March-April 2017
Debut of new ANTPAC Summer 2018
(Note: The current version of ANTPAC will still be in place during the implementation and testing of the new system.)
How can I find out more information about this process?
Immediately before and during the first few months of the new catalog, we plan on offering training sessions on using the new catalog. There will be a chance for you to provide feedback as we fine-tune the system. Stay tuned for dates and times of the sessions.
For more information, contact John Renaud, Associate University Librarian for Research Resources, (949) 824-6145.
Are other UC’s going through this process?
Yes. Currently UCSD and UC Riverside are independently reviewing new library management systems and we will be collaborating with them to best understand our options. All three of the campuses are receiving advice on technical issues from CDL.