Hi David,
The "Open specifications for library systems" website
( ) has an open and re-usable
specification/RFP available to all
( From the

"Most content (e.g. the Library Services Platform Specification) is licensed
under a Creative Commons CC-0 license."You can copy, modify, distribute the
work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission." This
does not apply of course to *external* content which is accessed by (URL)
links and which will have its own specific licensing regime associated with

One of those links is to a Spec/RFP produced by the University of Edinburgh.
However that is also re-usable as it licensed under a Creative Commons
By-Attribution (CC-BY) licence so you can use that too if it helps

*Anyone* can contribute and create/edit content so do free to participate.
The site was set up to: "promote the development of standard, open and
re-usable specifications for library systems. We hope this service will not
only help to reduce costs in library technology procurement but facilitate
an open dialogue amongst all interested stakeholders to help develop the
functionality of library related systems."

However my personal view is that while specs/RFPs can be helpful they are
not always successful. By using such a process libraries sometimes get what
they asked for but not necessarily what they want. I have been involved in
many library (archive and other) system procurements over the years and have
found the 'Jobs-To-Be-Done' (JTBD) method
( really
helpful in both identifying real needs and evaluating solutions. It's a
proven and robust approach with a large literature.
Very best
Ken Chad Consulting Ltd Tel: +44(0)7788727845 Twitter: @kenchad
Skype: kenchadconsulting 

-----Original Message-----
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of David
Sent: 09 March 2017 16:46
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Subject: [CODE4LIB] RFPs for ILS Request


    With the conference going today, I figured it would be a good time to
get this request in -- for libraries who have recently developed an RFP for
their ILS, would you be willing to share that RFP with me?  Here at
Villanova, we'd be interested to see what other libraries had put into their
requests.  While our ILS update is a bit down the pike (we are keeping our
eyes on FOLIO's development at the moment), we think it would be a
worthwhile exercise to develop our own RFP so we can do some preliminary
planning.  Thanks everyone!

David Uspal

Library Technology Developer

Falvey Memorial Library

Villanova University