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Moderated by Maria Collins of North Carolina State University, discussion at this open forum on the future of library systems touched on open-source library systems, cloud computing, new initiatives by the Open Library Environment (OLE) Project and OCLC, and desired characteristics of future integrated library systems. Most participants had limited experience with next-generation library systems and attended the open forum with the desire to broaden their understanding, although some were exposed to or had worked with the open-source discovery tool VuFind, the OLE Project, WorldCat Local, and the OCLC Web-scale service. A strong desire to customize library systems to meet local needs emerged as the primary factor in support of open-source software, while the fear of not being able to provide needed levels of technical support was the biggest challenge to implementing open-source systems. The ideal future library system will facilitate the management of workflow, incorporate enhanced discovery tools, and be interoperable with other systems inside and outside the library.

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This is a pre-print of an article submitted for publication in the annual NASIG Conference Proceedings volume of The Serials Librarian, published by Taylor & Francis. Copyright to the article is owned by the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG). Librarian is available online at: The openURL link to the article is:

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Collins, Maria and Andrée J. Rathemacher. "Open Forum: The Future of Library Systems." The Serials Librarian 58, no.1 (January 2010): 167-173.

Available: doi:10.1080/03615261003625703

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