Procuring new systems

Libraries often employ a plethora of systems, often from a variety of vendors. It’s a very complex environment. The market is changing significantly including  changes in ownership of library system vendors and a new generation of ‘Library Services Platforms’ replacing the LMS/ILS. We can help you make sense of this complexity and find the best solutions to meet your needs.

Ken Chad Consulting can save your organisation tens of thousands of pounds while also substantially speeding up the procurement process. During our careers we have been involved in over 100 major procurements for library systems. As consultants we have helped a variety of libraries review their strategy, analyse their needs and  the market, make the business case for change and select new systems.

Some organisations have systems that are “end-of-life” and have to be replaced in the short term. Others have systems that are not providing good value or adequate functionality. If you are thinking about procuring new systems we can provide consulting services to help manage some or all this process. For example we can help :

  • formulate requirements and ensure they are aligned with your strategy
  • analyse the market
  • work with stakeholders
  • develop road-maps
  • prepare business cases
  • prepare bid/tender documentation
  • facilitate the selection process
  • negotiate with vendors

Open specifications for library systems

Ken Chad Consulting has set up the LibTechRFP wiki to enable the development of standard, open and re-usable specifications for library systems. This service not only helps to reduce costs in library technology procurement but also facilitates an open dialogue amongst all interested stakeholders to help develop the functionality of library related systems.

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