Apples to Oranges: A Blueprint for Comparing Open and Proprietary Library Services Platforms

The University of Wyoming Libraries is evaluating systems to replace Sierra. As vendor consolidation continues to shrink available choices, open source solutions are gaining traction. Comparing vendor products with open source is a new experience for many of us. Resource sharing both within the state of Wyoming and in the Colorado Alliance, enhancing discovery, modern cloud infrastructure, and streamlining e-resources workflows are major concerns. We’ll share the processes we followed to assess requirements and evaluate available systems. Throughout the process we’ve sought transparency, participation, and feedback as widely as possible.

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Oct 08 2021


11:00 am - 12:00 pm




  • Paula Martin
    Paula Martin
    Assistant Dean for User Services, University of Wyoming

    Paula Martin works in the University of Wyoming Libraries as Assistant Dean, User Services. A native of Missouri, Paula holds a Master of Library and Information Science Degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Truman State University. She started her library career working in architecture and engineering libraries before switching to academic libraries. She’s worked in reference, instruction, circulation, electronic resources management, and most recently as the Director of Holman Library at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. She has also taught in the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

  • Susan Wynne
    Susan Wynne
    Discovery & Metadata Librarian, University of Wyoming

    Susan Wynne is the Discovery & Metadata Librarian at the University of Wyoming. Previously, she was the Catalog Management Librarian (aka catalog wrangler) at the University of Iowa, and Cataloging & Metadata Librarian at Georgia State University. She has published and presented on topics such as RDA (Resource Description and Access), next-generation catalogs, oral histories, and batch processes in library catalog systems. She has survived two prior system migrations (at different institutions), from Voyager to Millennium and a consortial migration from Voyager to Alma.