Systemwide ILS Project (SILS)

SILS Project Overview

Mission Statement: Transform library services and operations through innovation and collaboration.

Slogan: Shaping the future together

Read the SILS principles and shared assumptions here.
View the UC Libraries SILS Project wiki on Confluence

The University of California (UC) Libraries continually strive for an integrated, user-centric collection that supports and enhances the mission of the UC, deriving its strength from the diverse nature of the individual campus library collections. Currently, each campus independently licenses an Integrated Library System (ILS) to manage the acquisition and use of print and electronic library resources; a patchwork of services and connective systems ensures the campus collections are accessible systemwide to all UC students, faculty and staff.

As systems age and vendors decommission and replace tools, UC’s patchwork of intricately connected library and resource sharing systems provide diminishing returns. If the current configuration of systems is maintained, higher staff and system resource investments will be required just to maintain the status quo. Even still, intercampus resource sharing (making a book from any given UC campus available on any other UC campus) risks becoming fragmented and no longer viable. Vendors no longer support patchwork integrations of many products - instead, the marketplace now offers comprehensive systems for consortia such as the UC.

To ensure continued and future collaboration involving library collections and collection-based operations and services, the Council of University Librarians (CoUL) has charged a working group with overall project oversight and management for the UC Libraries implementation of a shared, systemwide ILS. Learn more about the shared governance of the Phase 4 groups.


Project Timing

Phase 1: June - Nov. 2017

Phase 2: January - June 2018

Phase 3: July 2018 - Feb. 2020

  • Under the terms of the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) signed by all SILS phase 3 cohort members, applicable employees should not disclose any information about the Request for Proposal (RFP) process, vendor applications or product assessments; NDA requirements remain in place even with the public announcement of the contract winner.

Phase 4: March 2020 - September/December 2021

  • Onboarding Phase: March - May, 2020

  • Vanguard Phase: June - October, 2020

  • Implementation Phase: November, 2020 - July 2021 

  • SILS go-live on July 27, 2021

  • SILS post-go-live work TBD: August - December, 2021

Please note: These dates are estimates and subject to change. 

Read more about the key activities in phase 4 in SILS migration phases explained.


Subscribe to SILS News

We are pleased to launch an email list to communicate with all UC Libraries staff about the Systemwide Integrated Library System (SILS) project. We invite you to self-subscribe to this list to get project news sent directly to you. Our goal is to provide timely news and updates to all staff interested in the project. We do not have plans at this time for a discussion list, so subscribers do not have the ability to reply or send messages to the list. The SILS project team aims to send updates to the SILS-NEWS-L email list at least once a month and at important project milestones.

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Last updated: August 28, 2020