Systemwide Integrated Library System (SILS) News


Below please find posts from the SILS News listserv! While confidential, UC-only information originally distributed on the listserv won't be made available here, we are posting all publicly shareable content to increase project transparency and ease of access to information. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact directly.

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Date: January 11, 2021
Title: Feedback Requested: SILS End-User Name Proposal

The SILS Working Group is requesting feedback from cohort members and SILS News subscribers on UC Library Search, the SILS end-user name put forth ... (more).


Date: January 7, 2021
Title: January 2021 Project Updates

As we flip the calendar to 2021, we enter the final seven months of the SILS implementation phase leading up to go live on July 27, 2021. ... (more).


Date: November 4, 2020
Title: SILS Vanguard Phase Complete; Implementation Begins

We are pleased to announce that the six SILS vanguard institutions successfully completed the vanguard phase of the project, which ran from June 15 to Oct 30. ... (more).


Date: October 20, 2020
Title: Communicating What SILS is, and its Value

As we approach the end of calendar year 2020, and a single-digit monthly countdown to SILS go-live on July 27, 2021, there exists an increasing need to communicate both what is SILS, as well as its value  ... (more).


Date: September 23, 2020
Title: Primo Test Environments for SILS Vanguard Institutions Now Live

Between Sept. 16 and 21, the six SILS vanguard institutions were presented with their test environments for Ex Libris’ Primo VE discovery platform.  ... (more).

Date: August 3, 2020
Title: Vanguard Institution Data Migration Complete; Testing to Begin in September

Last Friday, July 31, the six SILS vanguard institutions completed their test data migration to Alma, Ex Libris' library software system.  ... (more).

Date: July 16, 2020
Title: SILS Phase 4 Principles and Shared Assumptions

This week the Council of University Librarians (CoUL) approved SILS phase 4 principles and shared assumptions ... (more).


Date: June 3, 2020
Title: Announcing our new SILS Service Manager Caitlin Nelson

The California Digital Library’s Discovery & Delivery program is pleased to welcome Caitlin Nelson as its Systemwide ILS Service Manager ... (more).


Date: June 1, 2020
Title: Introducing the UC Libraries SILS Project Wiki

We invite the entire UC Libraries community to explore the UC Libraries SILS Project wiki, hosted on Confluence ... (more).


Date: May 8, 2020
Title: SILS phase 3 report

With phase 4 of SILS (implementation phase) underway, we are overdue for an official closure to phase 3 (RFP phase)... (more).


Date: May 4, 2020
Title: SILS vanguard institutions

We are pleased to announce the following campuses will be our vanguard institutions... (more).


Date: April 10, 2020
Title: SILS migration phases explained

SILS Phase 4 is officially underway! Below is an overview of our migration timeline for the next 18-months, divided into three phases. The phases and timeline were defined by Ex Libris. The dates listed represent our best estimates and are subject to change.  For updates and more, please stay tuned to the SILS-News email list... (more).


Date: March 26, 2020
Title: SILS Phase 4 cohort announced!

The SILS Working Group would like to assure you that in these difficult times, work on the Alma/Primo implementation with our vendor, Ex Libris continues to move forward as planned. To that end, we are pleased to announce the SILS phase 4 cohort!... (more).


Date: March 11, 2020
Title: SILS March webinar - recording now available! 

On March 5th, the SILS working group and the Shared Governance Task Force hosted a DOC-sponsored virtual brown bag on the SILS project. SILS representatives talked about implementation and the governance structure for the implementation phase of the project (phase 4)... (more).


Date: March 2, 2020
Title: Upcoming DOC webinar on the SILS project: March 5 2-3pm 

Please join us for an update on the Systemwide ILS (SILS) project as we transition to phase 4, the implementation of the selected SILS... (more).


Date: February 28, 2020
Title: ELUNA consortial membership for UC Libraries

Given the high amount of interest in the upcoming ELUNA (Ex Libris Users of North America) Conference (May 5-8 in L.A.), the SILS working group put together a FAQ about membership benefits and costs! Please feel free to share widely... (more).


Date: February 24, 2020
Title: CoUL endorses the phase 4 shared governance structure

We are pleased to report that the Council of University Librarians (CoUL) endorsed the phase 4 shared governance structure at their meeting last week. The governance documents are now available on the UC Libraries website... (more).


Date: February 21, 2020
Title: SILS Harmonization Reports + Shared Governance Webinar!

We’re happy to report that the SILS Harmonization pilot reports are now available. The SILS Harmonization group, a subgroup of the SILS Working Group, managed harmonization pilots in the second half of 2019 to test possible harmonization processes, including: engaging experts, selecting topics, discussing potential areas of alignment and coming to some agreement on next steps... (more).


Date: February 13, 2020
Title: SILS Service Manager job posting to close on Mar. 01

This is just a reminder that the Systemwide ILS (SILS) Service Manager job posting closes on Mar. 01, 2020... (more).


Date: February 12, 2020
Title: Update on the work of the SILS Shared Governance Task Force

The SILS Shared Governance Task Force (SGTF) was charged by the SILS Working Group this past summer to plan and develop SILS governance for the forthcoming migration and implementation phase of work, as well as for ongoing, UC Libraries Advisory Structure (UCLAS) integrated SILS governance... (more).


Date: January 6, 2020

Title: UC selects Ex Libris for Systemwide ILS

The University of California (UC) Libraries have selected the Ex Libris Alma and Primo services to deploy the Systemwide Integrated Library System (SILS). The Council of University Librarians (CoUL) made this decision following the SILS Request for Proposal and careful consideration of the libraries’ goals and requirements for a shared solution. We have reached this important project milestone thanks to the hard work and expertise of many; phase 3 involved over sixty project cohort members and extensive, systemwide consultation and review... (more).


Date: March 27, 2019
Title: Moving forward with internal review of the SILS Phase 3 mid-term report and RFP

We’re happy to report that the SILS Working Group recently shared their phase 3 mid-term report, which includes the RFP documents, with the Direction & Oversight Committee (DOC) for their review and feedback. Many thanks to DOC for their helpful comments and edits. Next week, the report and RFP will be delivered to the Council of University Librarians (CoUL)... (more).


Date: February 27, 2019
Title: We're almost halfway through phase 3 of the SILS project!

We’re almost halfway through phase 3 of the systemwide ILS (SILS) project! Below please find a few updates about work happening right now... (more).


Date: February 6, 2019
Title: SILS RFP requirements - feedback due on Friday

As many of you know, the third batch of requirements for the SILS RFP was released for review at the end of January and campus feedback is due this Friday, February 8th. The expertise groups have done an excellent job of representing UC’s needs for selecting a systemwide ILS... (more).


Date: January 15, 2019
Title: SILS December webinar - recording now available!

In December, the SILS working group hosted a DOC-sponsored virtual brown bag on the SILS project... (more).


Date: December 21, 2018
Title: Introducing SILS-News, the blog edition!

Recognizing that the SILS-News listserv doesn’t provide a satisfactory mechanism for reading past messages, we’ve decided to implement a SILS-News blog edition on the SILS project website... (more). 


Date: November 30, 2018
Title: DOC virtual brown bag on the SILS project this December

We’re happy to share that the next DOC virtual brown bag will focus on the SILS project! SILS representatives will talk about the vision for the SILS, how the expertise groups are approaching the requirements drafting process and what this means for campuses, and finally, a preview of next steps in the SILS project... (more). 


Date: November 8, 2018
Title: High-level SILS timeline now on the public website

We’ve expanded the timeline on the public SILS project website to include key dates for phase 3 and future phases of work... (more).


Date: November 6, 2018
Title: SILS phase 3 slogan, mission statement, and slogan!

We’re happy to share that the phase 3 SILS principles are now on the website, along with a SILS mission statement and slogan... (more).


Date: October 26, 2018
Title: Expectations around confidentiality and the SILS project

You might be wondering why more project information isn’t readily available on the SILS website, or why the SILS project wiki isn’t public. To maintain the integrity of the request for proposal (RFP) process and the confidence of suppliers entrusting UC with proprietary information, it is critical that the libraries avoid publicly sharing certain project details at this time, including potential requirements and confidential information concerning potential ILS suppliers... (more).


Date: October 25, 2018
Title: Introducing: the SILS abbreviations glossary!

Phase 3 of the project is underway, and thanks to your feedback we’ve realized something important: the SILS project has accumulated an impressive number of abbreviations!... (more).


Date: August 13, 2018
Title: SILS phase 3 cohort announced!

Earlier this month, the Council of University Librarians (CoUL) announced the SILS phase 3 cohort!.. (more).


Date: June 28, 2018
Title: SILS project team completes phase 2!

The SILS Working Group is very pleased to announce we have successfully completed phase 2 (Exploration) of the Systemwide Integrated Library System (SILS) project and have approval from the Council of University Librarians (CoUL) to proceed with phase 3... (more).


Date: May 22, 2018
Title: SILS Project is nearing the end of phase 2!

The SILS Working Group has nearly finished phase 2, the exploration phase of the Systemwide Integrated Library System (SILS) project... (more).


Date: April 10, 2018
Title: Introducing: SILS News!

Thank you for your interest in the Systemwide Integrated Library System (SILS) project and welcome to SILS News! The SILS Working Group is about halfway through phase 2 of the project... (more).


Date: March 29, 2018
Title: SILS Project update

This update was previously shared in March 2018 by University Librarians before SILS News was created. In case you missed the email, we’re sharing the news again.

The SILS Working Group had a project team kickoff on January 10, 2018 to begin phase 2. Phase 2 is a brief exploratory phase intended to help us quickly understand costs and the systems likely affected by a consortial ILS. Our deliverable at the end of this phase is a report to CoUL describing the systems that would likely be replaced by a consortial ILS, our existing costs, and likely future costs for a consortial ILS... (more).


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Last updated: January 12, 2021