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Viewpoint from the Chair

Since last year, the Amigos Board of Directors has been actively engaged in exploring possibilities for future member services. In that effort we have examined a number of promising program initiatives, prioritizing them in terms of importance and usefulness to Amigos members. Our members have helped greatly in this process through participation in surveys and individual discussion. My thanks go to all those who participated. We have analyzed member input and determined we should move forward with one initiative in particular.

I am pleased to share the exciting news that Amigos will begin a pilot project over the next 12 to 18 months to test the feasibility of providing hosted open-source Integrated Library Systems (ILS) services for Amigos members. Amigos has already been incorporating open-source topics into its Continuing Education programs.

In our surveys and discussions with Amigos members, we learned the top three benefits Amigos members perceive about a hosted open-source ILS are:

  • host-provided technical support for hardware and software
  • lower total cost of ownership
  • shared expenses among participating libraries

A number of Amigos member libraries have expressed interest in participating in the pilot program. If you have any questions or comments about the pilot program or are interested in participating, please contact  at Amigos.

We’ll be sharing more information about the pilot project as it moves along. In the meantime, I invite you to contact me or any Amigos Board member with any questions or comments you may have. We are enthusiastic about an Amigos-hosted open-source ILS for Amigos members, and look forward to turning this promising idea into reality.

Bill Hair, Chair, Amigos Board of Directors