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Collection Development and Management | Library and Information Science


What do acquisitions policies and workflows look like in next-generation systems? How can institutions leverage automated processes to improve efficiency, and what happens when you also belong to a consortium that is looking to increase collaboration? The Orbis Cascade Alliance is a consortium of 37 public and private academic institutions in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. In January 2012, the Alliance began a 2-year process of migrating all 37 institutions to a shared ILS. Migrating in four cohorts every 6 months, the first cohort of six institutions went live with Ex Libris’s Alma and Primo in June 2013. Representatives from three of the six pioneering libraries discuss topics such as preparing for migration to a new system, changes in workflow, challenges and opportunities for a new system, and what may be coming down the pike for cooperative collection development in the Alliance.

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Kathleen Spring, Megan Drake, & Siôn Romaine
How is that going to work? Rethinking acquisitions in a next-generation ILS.
In Charleston Conference Proceedings 2013, edited by Beth R. Bernhardt, Leah H. Hinds, & Katina P. Strauch
2014, pages 372-377, Purdue University Press: West Lafayette, IN



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