After 26 years working with VTLS and the VIRTUA Integrated Library System, the Library Resource Center forged a new partnership with SirsiDynix and LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network. We are very excited about this new partnership which will help bring our library to a new level of efficient functionality. The decision to migrate to SirsiDynix Symphony came after an assessment of cost, several discussions with colleagues, a review of the current literature, and a desire to increase networking opportunities within the state.
Our legacy system, while serving us well for the past 26 years, came to a point in its life when it could no longer provide the level of functionality necessary to move us forward in a growing technological library world. Our new integrated system boasts an intuitive task-oriented interface providing superior modules in the areas of circulation, cataloging, and statistical reporting. The online catalog component of the new system allows for easy patron access to our electronic materials and to their library accounts; which will overall aid them in finding eResources, renewing materials, and viewing overdue library bills. Additionally, SirsiDynix is currently in the process of developing a cloud-based interface which will allow staff to increase visibility and service by connecting to the system from virtually anywhere.
After about six months of negotiations, policy building, data migration and training, the Library went live in the new system on May 29, 2014! Throughout the process we experienced a wonderful collaboration between SirsiDynix, LOUIS, Campus ITC and library personnel. We look forward to growing with our new partnerships and further expanding the services that we can provide to the greater XULA community.
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