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Monday, September 28, 2015

3 Steps for creating a Library Management System like MS SharePoint, EOS Web, and InMagic DB/Text

There are 3 steps for creating a Library Services Platform, a type of library management system.  Breeding stated that a library services platform is “designed to manage both print and digital content, tend to be deployed using cloud computing technologies, and make more use of knowledgebases for more efficient resource management” (–Tech-Review-and-Forecast-for-2013.shtml).
The first step is to define staff (IT and Non-IT) needs.  “There is a gap between the respective skills sets of Non-IT… and IT” (   They both need to “have a clearer understanding of the needs of both sides, how they work and the challenges they face” ( The management (Non-IT) could have an idea but not know the specifics on how to implement it, while the IT Department would know how to implement it but would not know how to explain to management that there could be a better way of saving time, money, and other resources.  Transparency is the key (   “They need to be sure that any changes don’t compromise the safety of the company’s IT systems and business processes” (    Users of the system who are the Non-IT staff would also need to convey what they would need the system to do in their daily work activities.
The second step is to document the method used for the library services platform.  The IT and Non-IT have to be a team in order to plan out this system for their office.  Documentation is needed to show “an IT plan, applications to be developed / bought, functional areas to be covered, priority of tasks and justification for the equipment and software to be bought”  (  This is to avoid wasting time trying to reinvent plans that may have been created but never written down.  This is to avoid chasing people down who worked at past committees for the system in order to see if they remember what they had discussed in the past about how to design the system
The third step is to implement the library services platform.   For over five years, I have created and used a library services platform that allowed college students to follow-up on class assignments by exploring background information about books read in class ( It allowed them to access a virtual experience of the time periods and interact with the people (avatars) in different places.  They could further investigate what they learned by working out specific lessons to further their understanding through online testing with online avatars monitoring their progress.  They could physically print out booklets and reports that would allow them to continue the experience at home (  They could also view the booklets and reports through their smart phones and tablets.   When the students would finish their homework, they would re-group in class and be able to discuss their thoughts with the class, the teacher, and avatars.  The students could ask avatars of famous people about what they had read (
Now, to find a place for me to implement this library services platform further.