SILS News – May 22, 2018

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.

A survey on existing systems and costs was carried out in phase 2; the survey also included questions around the potential opportunities and challenges of a consortial system. The SILS working group is summarizing findings and recommendations for the final report. The Direction and Oversight Committee (DOC) is reviewing and providing feedback on the draft report through their April and May 2018 meetings. The SILS Working Group will use DOC’s feedback to prepare the final report before its submission to the Council of University Librarians (CoUL).

A component of the phase 2 report will include a proposed charge for phase 3, including a structure that will include library staff representation on expertise and campus groups. If the Council of University Librarians (CoUL) approves moving forward, Phase 3 will likely launch in the summer 2018.

Thank you for your interest in the Systemwide Integrated Library System (SILS) project!

Questions, comments? Feel free to talk with any SILS Working Group members or email the SILS project managers at

The SILS Working Group

Chris Shaffer, University Librarian & Assistant Vice Chancellor, UC San Francisco (Co-Chair)
Günter Waibel, Executive Director & Associate Vice Provost, California Digital Library (Co-Chair)
Donald Barclay, Deputy University Librarian, UC Merced
Christine Barone, Collections Project Coordinator, Southern Regional Library Facility (Project Co-Manager)
John Bono, Associate University Librarian, UC Santa Cruz
Peter Brantley, Director of Online Strategy, UC Davis
Lynne Grigsby, Head of Library IT, UC Berkeley
Cathy Martyniak, Director, Southern Regional Library Facility
Erik Mitchell, Audrey Geisel University Librarian, UC San Diego
Aislinn Sotelo, Program Director for Metadata Services, UC San Diego
Virginia (Ginny) Steel, Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian, UCLA
Lena Zentall, Project & Product Manager, California Digital Library (Project Co-Manager)

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