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ILS Survey Limited

Jan - 19 - 2012
Nicole C. Engard

I posted earlier today about a survey for libraries to share their satisfaction with their ILS. What I didn’t know was that if you chose the library type of anything other than Academic or Public you would be kicked out of the survey.

As an SLA member and a special library supporter I find this a bit offensive. Why don’t our opinions matter? A survey of libraries in the US done by the ALA finds that there are actually more special libraries than there are academic libraries (in fact there are many many more school libraries than publics or academics and they too are excluded from this survey) – this is a big portion of our profession and sharing their opinions will help others make informed decisions about their future ILS purchases.

If you’re looking for an more inclusive survey you might want to participate in the ILS Perceptions survey over at LibraryTechnology.org (which is closing any day now so get in there quick).


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