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Hong Kong – next generation shared ILS by Leo Ma


After using Millennium (formerly Innopac) for more than two decades, all eight government funded university libraries in Hong Kong (known as JULAC libraries) decided in June 2016 to adopt a new shared integrated library system (ILS) on cloud platform for collection management and innovative service delivery, which is the first of its kind in Greater China. The new shared ILS contains both print and electronic collections, and holds altogether more than 18 million bibliographic records. It facilitates unified access and retrieval of information for over 380,000 users.

After a year-long planning, JULAC libraries implemented the new shared ILS and discovery platform, supported by Alma and Primo from Ex Libris, on 18 July 2017. The new shared ILS is a next generation library management system which enables JULAC libraries to manage, build and share their collections through a single, streamlined interface. It provides one-stop access point for cross-institution search and better support for mobile devices to enhance user experience. With the rich analytics provided by the new shared ILS, JULAC libraries are able to optimize collection use and user experience by harvesting and analyzing the big data generated by the platform. Other improvements include open standards for future system integration, improved operational workflow, deeper collaboration among the JULAC Libraries, system maintenance and IT support savings, just to name a few.

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