Setting up a pooled management system for the Abes catalogue

Jean Bernon's article begins with a brief look back at the development of computerised library management systems before turning to the latest generation of cloud computing systems, based on shared knowledge bases and metadatabases. He analyses the pros and cons of these new systems and applies them to the Abes catalogue's project to set up a pooled management system, looking at how it has been drawn up, its objectives, and its likely consequences for university library networks.