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An integrated library system (ILS), also known as a library management system (LMS), is an enterprise resource planning system for a library, used to track items owned, orders made, bills paid, and patrons who have borrowed. An ILS usually comprises a relational database, software to interact with that database, and two graphical user interfaces (one for patrons, one for staff). Most ILSes separate software functions into discrete programs called modules, each of them integrated with a unified interface. Examples of modules might include: acquisitions (ordering, receiving, and invoicing materials); cataloging (classifying and indexing materials); circulation (lending materials to patrons and receiving them back); serials (tracking magazine and newspaper holdings); the OPAC (public interface for users). Each patron and item has a unique ID in the database that allows the ILS to track its activity. Larger libraries use an ILS to order and acquire, receive and invoice, catalog, circulate, track and shelve materials. (Excerpt from Wikipedia article: Library management system)

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  • Number of articles referring to 'library management systems': 75 (4.3% of published articles)
  • Total references to 'library management systems' across all Ariadne articles: 244
  • Average number of references to 'library management systems' per Ariadne article: 3.25
  • Earliest Ariadne article referring to 'library management systems': 1996-09
  • Trending factor of 'library management systems': 180.6 (see FAQs on monitoring of trends)

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  1. janifer gatenby (see articles on this topic by this author)
  2. lorcan dempsey (see articles on this topic by this author)
  3. graham seaman (see articles on this topic by this author)
  4. tim wales (see articles on this topic by this author)
  5. anna grigson (see articles on this topic by this author)

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Retooling Libraries for the Data Challenge

Dorothea Salo examines how library systems and procedures need to change to accommodate research data.

July 2010, issue64, feature article

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