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Top ten issues for a consortium migrating to a client/server system

Louise Bugg (Louise Bugg is Director of Technical Services and Systems at Wayne State University Libraries, Detroit, Michigan, USA. She is also Director of the DALNET Online System and has been involved in the DALNET System since its inception.)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 1 June 2000



This article presents ten issues in migrating a multi‐type library consortium to a shared client/server library system. The issues have been selected as especially pertinent to a consortium and describe the migration experiences of the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET), a consortium of 20 academic, public and special libraries in the Metropolitan Detroit area. The issues are: (1) more control to member libraries; (2) pre‐migration decisions; (3) Web interface design; (4) training; (5) consortium staffing; (6) communication; (7) system maintenance; (8) security issues; (9) telecommunications network; and (10) commitment of member libraries. The capabilities of the client/server system will enable the consortium to provide new information and new information services not possible before, and will help consortium staff to meet the challenges of such a complex migration.



Bugg, L. (2000), "Top ten issues for a consortium migrating to a client/server system", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 18 No. 2, pp. 166-171.




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