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The Top 5 Things You NEED in Your Next Library Management System

As another year comes to a close, it seems as good a time as any to reflect on the past. How has your Library Management System (LMS) been treating you? Maybe it’s time to move to something new.

An LMS can become the backbone of your company and if you’re in the market for a new LMS there are some things that you should not compromise on.

1. Organization and Data

Frankly, if an LMS can’t deliver this, what is the point of using it? An LMS should help your company to keep things organized, whether it’s books, journal articles, documents or facilities. Your next system should not only keep track of the current state of the items in your library, but also provide you with insightful data that will help you optimize your business.

2. Powerful Searching

This is another one that is absolutely mandatory. What good is it having a catalog of all your items if you can’t find things efficiently and effectively?

3. Customization

Branding is an important part of business. As such, you must be able to dress your LMS to fit your brand. But customization goes beyond this. It needs to tell your users what is the unique thing that your business provides that no one else does? How can you customize your LMS to handle that? Your LMS should be able to cater to all your niche needs without causing you massive headaches.

4. Future Proof and Migration

Changing LMS is a bit like moving house. You need to pack up all the items you’ve spent years collecting and drag them into your new system in their proper place. You don’t want to do that more than you have to! So find an LMS that can grow with you and last well into the future. Also, make the moving process as effortless as possible and find a system that allows easy migration from your old system.

5. Support

When, inevitably, things go wrong, you want an LMS that is backed by friendly, accessible, support staff that can help walk you through the process. Avoid any LMS that doesn’t let you talk to real people!


There are some things that you just shouldn’t budge on when it comes to your LMS.

Softlink’s Liberty LMS passes all the criteria with flying colors. It is truly built with clients in mind and is constantly being improved based on their feedback. And if you’re looking for a solution to last into the future, Liberty is there for you. If you’re in the market for a new LMS, you can’t go past Liberty.

Liberty offers a myriad of features that haven’t been touched on in this post, such as free training, cloud hosting, a mobile app and more! So, be sure to check them out here!