CILIPS Autumn Gathering

Title CILIPS Autumn Gathering
Date 12 Oct 2011
Time 10:00 – 16:00
Venue Carnegie Conference Centre
Dunfermline
www.carnegieconferencecentre.co.uk/
Fees earlybird rate (CILIP members) GBP 45.00 until 16th September – thereafter GBP 50.00; GBP 60.00 (institutional members); GBP 79.00 (non-CILIP members)

CILIP's LMS Showcase coming to Scotland

This year’s regional LMS Suppliers Showcase will be held on Thursday 20 September at The King James Hotel in Edinburgh.
Leading LMS suppliers will be there for you to meet in an informal and relaxed, ‘non-sales’ environment, ready to demonstrate their systems, listen to your requirements and find solutions to your needs.
 
CILIP Events have been organising Library Management Systems Suppliers Showcases since 2004. These Showcases give library and information professionals the chance to meet with specialised suppliers.
 
In these times of severe cuts within all sectors, now is the time to look at how organisations can work smarter. By visiting the CILIP LMS Suppliers Showcase you will have the chance to talk to the experts on how you can get the most out of your library management system.
 
The Showcase is free for visitors to attend, and refreshments are supplied all day 09.00 – 16.00 in addition to a sandwich lunch from 12.00 – 14.00. Visitors can drop in throughout the day and discuss their needs with a number of different vendors in one place. To ensure you place at the event please register your place today.

Clackmannanshire Council joins SEDAR, the Scottish consortium of public libraries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
About SEDAR
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
Any questions please contact: Keith Shell: keith.shell@ptfs-europe.com, +44 (0) 7595 727357