On-Demand Webinar: Apples to Oranges: A Blueprint for Comparing Open and Proprietary Library Services Platforms

This is Part 2 of the Core Forum Webinar Series on Access and Equity. To register for this single webinar presentation, click the registration button shown above. To register for the complete 3-Part Core Forum Webinar Series on Access and Equity, click this link to view the series registration page.


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, evaluate available systems, and encourage participation and feedback from across the Libraries and close partners. 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • A process for assessing systems that could be used as a pattern or blueprint by similar institutions;
  • Considerations for comparing vendor products with open-source solutions
  • Examples for methods for communication with an emphasis on open feedback and transparency

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 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.

Tech Requirements

Core Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform. The webcast will be recorded and the link to the recording shared with registrants shortly after the live event. 

If you have a question or need to make arrangements for special assistance or additional accessibility, please contact Tom Ferren (tferren@ala.org).