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Danielle Phillips <[log in to unmask]>
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Danielle Phillips <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 19 Mar 2010 08:34:46 -0700
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I work as the librarian at a trade, for-profit college with about 5 other
campuses and libraries.  So far, our system has no OPAC or ILL between
campuses and no library home page.  Each library has their own library
management software (AutoLibrarian), but they are not linked together.
Students/faculty cannot request or reserve items at all, as it stands.  It
is a pretty primitive system.

I am working on a proposal for this, but have never done it and am looking
for some tips.  I have to include a cost/benefit analysis of linking our
collections together via an OPAC and creating the library home page.  I
know  from an IT perspective, this is an expensive job, and I have to
justify its benefits.   I have no idea how to do this, since from my
experience, having an OPAC is  pretty standard practice for college
libraries.  The library is brand new, so this is a new concept here.

Your help/suggestions are appreciated!!!!

Danielle Phillips