Migrating Technical Services: Systems, Services, and Staff

Tuesday, 12/11/2018 - Wednesday, 12/12/2018
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)

Undertaking a migration to a new ILS can be a transformative experience for a library. Libraries are looking to replace their old integrated library system with next-generation library services platforms that offer a consolidation of needed functions to accommodate the electronic-centric and highly-automated modern library. Throughout the process of selection to the day you go live, technical services will be in the thick of it and have the opportunity to lead and shape systematic change within the library.

We will discuss topics related to an ILS migration, including the selection process, preparing your data, and retooling, reorganizing and re-purposing staff to match new workflows. We will examine how the catalyst of migrating such an integral system can have fundamental effects on the workflows and staffing of technical services, and give the opportunity for participants to share their experiences, challenges, best practices, and successes.

Learning Outcomes

In this e-Forum, attendees will:
  • Understand the challenges of migrating to a new ILS
  • Develop ideas for preparing staff for new systems and services
  • Identify areas where workflows and staffing needs may change
  • Explore ILS administration models

Who Should Attend

Anyone planning, experiencing, or adjusting to an ILS migration


Marianne Swierenga is the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian at Western Michigan University where she heads the Cataloging and Metadata unit of the Resource Management Department. She designs and implements metadata strategies for the Libraries' collections. She received her MLIS from Wayne State University.

Geri Rinna is the Electronic Resources Librarian and primary administrator of the ILS and discovery layer for Western Michigan University. She oversees the electronic resource lifecycle and manages the workflows in the acquisitions and electronic resource units within the Resource Management Department. Geri received her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin.

Emily Gross is the Integrated Library Systems (ILS) Specialist at Western Michigan University. As part of the Resource Management Department, she is an ILS and discovery layer administrator and configures workflows, automated processes, and the discovery layer. Emily received her MLIS from Wayne State University.




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