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Clackmannanshire Council joins SEDAR, the Scottish consortium of public libraries
London, 28th May 2012
Clackmannanshire Council Library Service is to join SEDAR, the Scottish consortium of public libraries in sharing the Evergreen library management system. Evergreen will replace an in-house developed system known as OWL that has served the council for many years. PTFS Europe will provide a range of implementation services, integrating the libraries within the existing SEDAR consortium and providing annual support. The system will be hosted at the PTFS Europe data centre in Manchester.
Evergreen Library Management System
Evergreen was launched in September 2006 in the State of Georgia’s PINES consortium, it now powers many hundreds of libraries of every type – public, academic, special and school libraries — in many countries throughout the world. Evergreen is highly scalable and specifically designed from the ground up to support libraries working in a consortium. It also has an active community that participates in all aspects of its development.
Evergreen offers all core modules: acquisitions, circulation, cataloguing, serials and reports, as well as providing an excellent OPAC capable of searching across a consortium or individual organisations.
Working with PTFS Europe will provide Clackmannanshire Council with the freedom, flexibility and functionality of open source software, together with the benefits of first class customer support.
Brian Forbes, Customer Services Manager for Clackmannanshire Council said “We want to fundamentally improve the way our library service is delivered to our customers, recognising the changing environment in which we now operate. We needed a solution to significantly improve the customer experience, whilst also improving internal processes. We need to do more with less and want to encourage self-serve wherever possible. This open source solution offers a cost-effective way forward in sharing services at a time of unprecedented financial pressure on local authorities. It provides an excellent opportunity for councils to work together for our customers and share resources and expertise to improve our service offering. Working in a consortium makes obvious sense, our customers will get a better and more consistent service and we will gain through better use of collective resources – a real win/win.”
Nick Dimant, Managing Director of PTFS Europe said “We would like to thank Clackmannanshire Council Libraries for making this important decision to join the SEDAR Consortium. We believe that sharing resources is the way forward for many libraries offering the opportunity to reduce operating costs and benefit from a closer working relationship with its partner libraries. The present economic climate is proving to be a catalyst, encouraging change as organisations seek to deliver improved efficiency throughout their businesses. We look forward to further expansion in the SEDAR consortium as interest grows and awareness of the benefits spreads.”
About Clackmannanshire Library Service
Clackmannanshire Council’s provides library services to 50,630 residents via 8 main libraries and a housebound service.
Clackmannanshire is a semi-rural authority with strong independent communities, many with their own community library. Clackmannanshire is Scotland in miniature – magnificent scenery, a turbulent history and welcoming people.
SEDAR is the Scottish consortium of public libraries originally formed by Stirling Council and East Dunbartonshire Council in 2011 and has now grown to include the Western Isles library Service (Leabharlainn nan Eilean Siar) and most recently Clackmannanshire Council Library Service.
About PTFS Europe
PTFS Europe implements and supports the Koha and Evergreen open source library management systems as well as distributing and supporting the ArchivalWare digital archiving solution. PTFS Europe is able to provide the full range of services needed to implement the systems, ranging from project management, installation, configuration, data conversion, training and software development through to hosting and ongoing customer support.
More information on PTFS Europe: www.ptfs-europe.com
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