What is an ILS?

An integrated library system (ILS) is an automated system used to manage library holdings, store patron information and track circulation transactions.

From wikipedia.com:

An ILS usually comprises a relational database, software to interact with that database, and two graphical user interfaces (one for patrons, one for staff). Most ILSes separate software functions into discrete programs called modules, each of them integrated with a unified interface. Examples of modules might include:

  • Acquisitions (ordering, receiving, and invoicing materials) 

  • Cataloging (classifying and indexing materials) 

  • Circulation (lending materials to patrons and receiving them back) 

  • Serials (tracking magazine and newspaper holdings)

  • OPAC (public interface for users)

Each patron and item has a unique ID in the database that allows the ILS to track its activity.

Libraries use an ILS to order and acquire, receive and invoice, catalog, circulate, track and shelve materials.

How is KLAS different from a standard ILS?

KLAS®  is a fully-integrated product combining power with simplicity to offer users enormous functionality, flexibility and ease of use.  Written in Progress®, a fourth generation relational database manager, KLAS provides a reliable, versatile data storage and retrieval system.  The software's modular design allows customers to implement only those applications currently needed, with the option of expanding always available.

In addition, KLAS gives customers the power to customize many system parameters, code fields, and menu options.  Other system-wide features include: consistent screens, menus, and function keys;  extensive on-line help;  standard reports and a custom report writer; unlimited free form notes;  comprehensive statistical information;  and system security.

Utilizing the latest technology, KLAS supports a wide range of printers, barcode readers and adaptive workstations.  Keystone has extensive experience in providing the full range of automation services and support our customers require to meet their hardware, software, conversion and accessibility needs.

Supporting Your Library

In our years of working with libraries we have found that no two organizations operate in the same manner.  Each has its own needs determined by issues such as staffing, physical space, political pressures, service models, etc.  Our support focus goes well beyond step-by-step instruction.  We dig deeper to understand the responsibilities and time demands your staff face.  When providing answers to their questions, we encourage them to take full advantage of system features that can simplify their workflow and enhance your operations.

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