For the past month, the staff at the Lupton Library at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) has been working on migrating over to Web-scale Management Services (WMS), OCLC‘s cloud-computing-based integrated library system (ILS). As LJ reported, UTC signed on as an early adopter of the ILS last month, and planned to have it go live by the end of August. According to the library’s project wiki, a “soft” go-live for its implementation of WMS, which would have included check-in and checkout functionality, was scheduled for today.
But according to a blog post last night by Jason Griffey, UTC’s head of library technology (and a 2009 LJ Mover & Shaker and LJ contributor), today’s go-live has been delayed, due to minor issues that still need to be resolved. They include spot-checks of WorldCat Local and Local Holdings for serials, testing of circulation loan rules, and implementation of a reporting solution required by state auditors.
Some in the library world have been wary of WMS ever since it was first unveiled last year—OCLC’s entry into the ILS market was even mentioned in the recent antitrust lawsuit brought against OCLC by SkyRiver Technology Solutions and Innovative Interfaces—so this dry run of WMS has been awaited with interest. (WMS is expected to be rolled out nationally next year.)
Despite the delay, Griffey writes in his blog post that he still expects to have a limited go-live shortly. Time is getting short, however. The full live launch, he writes, is “completely on target” for August 30—just 10 days from now.
Once fully launched, WMS’s circulation, acquisitions, and cataloging modules will be up and running, if everything goes as planned—and OCLC’s much-talked-about ILS will truly be put to the test.