Selecting an IR Platform: Options, Approaches, and Implications

An ALCTS Webcast.

This webcast explores the basics of determining the right IR platform for your institution.

  • benefits and drawbacks of open-source vs. commercial platforms and hosted vs local installations
  • determining what level of local technical expertise is require for a successful IR implementation
  • understanding functional requirements of a platform.

The webinar is not intended to provide detailed information about any specific IR platform, but rather to provide useful context for evaluating and selecting a platform that will work.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion attendees will have the basics of determining the right IR platform for their institutions.

Who Should Attend

Those wishing to learn the basics of determining the right IR platform for their institutions.


Bob Gerrity is Associate University Librarian for Systems and Information Technology for the Boston College Libraries. He has overseen the introduction of several new technologies to the BC Libraries over the past ten years, including OpenURL-based reference linking, federated searching, and the Libraries' eScholarship@BC digital repository. Gerrity received his undergraduate degree from Boston University. He holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the State University of New York at Albany.




How to Register

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