Wednesday, September 14, 2011

2nd Call for Interviews about Open Source ILS (research project funded by IMLS)

2nd Call for Interviews about Open Source ILS (research project funded by IMLS)

This is a second call for participation in an interview about Open Source Integrated Library Systems (ILS). This interview is part of a research project funded by IMLS comparing the technical support of Open Source ILS with the technical support of proprietary ILS.

This is the third phase of the project. In the first phase we collected data regarding expectations of librarians for the technical support of their ILS. The second phase assessed the effectiveness of current ILS technical support.

Thanks for your help if you participated in one or both of the earlier phases. We really appreciate the informative, quick and large number of responses we got!!! If you've already signed up for an interview we appreciate it.

We hope you will participate in the current interviews, which will use the experience of open source software ILS adopters to develop a model for the evaluation, adoption, implementation, and maintenance of open source ILS. We would like to conduct the interview over the phone or in person and will be compensating for your time with a $25 gift card.

If you know of anyone who would be interested in the study or in being interviewed please direct them to our site at where they can find out more about the project. We are interested in learning about the experiences of libraries of different types and sizes and are interested in hearing from you even if your migration to an open source ILS is not complete.

If you are willing to participate, please respond to this email with the subject phrase "ILS Interview"
In the same email if you could mention
•         The type of library (public, academic, school, special, etc.) you represent and
•         The approximate size of your collection.

We really appreciate your time and support and look forward to reporting back the results from this study!

You can also direct any queries or suggestions to with the subject “ILS Interview” in the subject line, or visit our Facebook page at

The OSS Lib Tech Team
Vandana Singh (PI)
Natasha Hollenbach and Vance Walker (RA)
Vandana Singh, PhD
Assistant Professor,
School of Information Sciences,
University of Tennessee Knoxville,
449 Communications Bldg.
1345 Circle Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-0341