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Integrated Library Systems + Relational Backends..

By georged, Section Ask Anything
Posted on Thu Jan 27th, 2005 at 09:21:17 PM EST
I'm looking for some insight or comments on understanding library systems and the use of relational database backends in terms how we got to where we are, generic trends, or even larger scale considerations taken by ILS developers (e.g. legacy code, text retrieval vs. tables/normalization, or "mature market" dynamics, etc.).

I'd also appreciate any comments or links to discussion that updates a paper like this one. ..or comments that speak to the awkward situation we find ourselves in with "legacy" ILS systems vs. new technologies. -- All big topics no doubt...


We use two systems in our shop : 1) Innopac/Millennium for our ILS needs (with Oracle backend); and 2) Cuadra STAR for our more specialized bibliographic needs. Our ILS has all the usual limitations you're probably familiar with, but I can't say enough good things about our Cuadra STAR product [with ADO, XML APIs]. After years of being bashed for not having "ODBC connectivity" etc. our IT folks have been quite happy once they finally started using our STAR XML-based bibliographic web service. The Cuadra product also recently added SQL backend support, but with the XML, the demands for SQL connectivity have dropped... Who wants to figure out a bib unit record from the RDBMS mess, when XML provides things cleanly..

I wish more ILS systems started providing open API or XML support like Cuadra's product does..

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by art on Mon Feb 7th, 2005 at 10:39:16 AM EST
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Marshall Breeding has an interesting session on The Current State of Library Automation and Future Trends you might be interested in. ILS systems are a relatively niche market, and any that have a transaction layer (busy circ desk support for example), are probably going to have some dependency on a backend RDBMS for data integrity reasons.

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by Anonymous Hero on Fri Mar 4th, 2005 at 10:00:59 PM EST

Cliff Lynch's PhD thesis provides a backgrounder to this topic: Extending relational database management systems for information retrieval applications, PhD, 1987, Berkeley (Proquest Digital Dissertations publication number AAT 8813974).

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