Clackmannanshire Council joins SEDAR, the Scottish consortium of public libraries

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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.
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

The Western Isles Council joins the SEDAR (Stirling and East Dunbartonshire Area Resource) Evergreen consortium hosted by PTFS Europe

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The Western Isles Council joins the SEDAR (Stirling and East Dunbartonshire Area Resource) Evergreen consortium hosted by PTFS Europe
London, 5th March 2012
The Western Isles library Service (Leabharlainn nan Eilean Siar) has chosen to join the Evergreen Stirling and East Dunbartonshire (SEDAR) consortium.  PTFS Europe will be carrying out a full implementation, integrating Western Isles libraries within the existing SEDAR consortium and providing ongoing 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 has an active community that participates in all aspects of its development.
Evergreen supports all core modules; acquisitions, circulation, cataloguing, serials and reports, as well as providing an excellent OPAC capable of searching across a consortium or individual libraries.
Working with PTFS Europe provides Stirling and East Dunbartonshire Councils with the freedom and functionality of open source software together with the benefits of first class customer support.
Trish Botten, Information and Cultural Services Manager for the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) said “We are delighted to join the SEDAR Consortium and be part of this open source solution with its  advantages of collaboration and partnership specifically tailored to the needs of library customers. It provides a sustainable long term future of improvement and innovation within a cost efficient framework .”
About The Western Isles Library Service:
Comhaire nan Eilean Siar Libraries provides library services to 26,190 residents across the isles of Lewis, Harris, Benbecula, North and South Uist and Barra via 6 community and 3 mobile libraries.  Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is a rural authority therefore many users are not within easy reach of a community library.  Apart from the main library, situated in Stornoway, branch libraries are located in schools and function as combined school and community libraries.
The SirsiDynix Library Management System is currently used by the service.  Other products which link to the library management system include Lorensberg’s Netloan PC Booking System.  Library members are also offered on-line resources such as Proquest Newsstand, KnowUk and Britannica Online.
Kathleen Milne, Library Team Leader for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said, “We look forward to introducing the Evergreen system and rolling it out to our libraries throughout the Western Isles.  The Evergreen system will enable us to promote our resources more widely and extend the virtual library environment to make our resources more accessible to those in rural communities.
Nick Dimant, Managing Director of PTFS Europe said “We would like to thank the Western Isles 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 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 are looking forward to further growth in SEDAR.”
About PTFS Europe:
PTFS Europe implements and supports the Koha and Evergreen open source library management systems as well as distributing and supporting the full range of ArchivalWare digital archiving solutions from PTFS Inc.  Further developments in 2012 include the introduction of Rebus: an integrated suite of best-of-breed library products.  PTFS Europe is able to provide the full range of services needed to implement all these 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, Business Development Manager:
keith.shell@ptfs-europe.com
+44 (0) 7595 727357

Stirling and East Dunbartonshire Councils choose Evergreen open source library management system

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Stirling and East Dunbartonshire Councils choose Evergreen open source library management system
London, 16th February 2011
Stirling and East Dunbartonshire Councils have chosen the Evergreen open source library management system as a replacement for SirsiDynix Horizon. PTFS Europe are carrying out a full implementation and providing ongoing support. The system will be hosted at the PTFS Europe data centre in Maidenhead and is the first Evergreen installation in the UK.
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 has an active community that participates in all aspects of its development.
Evergreen supports all core modules; acquisitions, circulation, cataloguing, serials and reports, as well as providing an excellent OPAC capable of searching across a consortium or individual libraries.
Working with PTFS Europe provides Stirling and East Dunbartonshire Councils with the freedom and functionality of open source software together with the benefits of first class customer support.
Robert Ruthven, Information, Library and Archives Service Manager at Stirling Council said “This open source solution offers a cost-effective way forward in sharing services at a time of unprecedented financial pressure on local authorities. The innate flexibility of the software and the rapid pace of development supported by library services across the globe will allow us to do so much more for less, enabling us to provide an enhanced, adaptable library and information service that meets the needs of our customers.
About Stirling Council Library Service
Stirling Council Information, Libraries & Archives provides library services to 88,740 residents via 16 community libraries, 2 mobile libraries, Outreach Services and Young Peoples’ Services. Stirling is a rural authority of 848 square miles with an average population density of 104 persons per square mile, therefore many users are not within easy reach of a community library.
The SirsiDynix Horizon Library Management System is currently used. Other products which link to the library management system are the Insight ICAM PC Booking System, RFID self-issue systems provided by Intellident and Bibliotecha and the BlueSocket WiFi Management System. Library members are offered on-line resources such as NewsUk, KnowUk and Britannica Online as well as downloadable audiobooks from WF Howes. Stirling is the only library authority in Scotland to offer wifi access in all community libraries. Currently the library service is exploring e-books provision and plans greater use of Web 2.0 technology to deliver more tailored services to users. Non-members can join on-line and gain instant access to our catalogue and online services. The move to Evergreen gives us the opportunity to increase services we offer to our users and to work more closely with other library authorities such as East Dunbartonshire.
Mark Grant, Leisure and Cultural Services Manager, at East Dunbartonshire Council said “Co-operating with Stirling Council through the use of this open source solution offers a practical demonstration of the way in which sharing resources can be mutually beneficial, providing a first class service to the public while reducing costs substantially at a time when all local authorities are facing significant financial challenges. Using software with built-in flexibility will enable us to develop our services whilst keeping costs under control, enabling us to meet the changing needs of the users of our service.
About East Dunbartonshire Council Library Service
East Dunbartonshire Council has 8 libraries with a stock of 234,480 items, 22,251 active members and annual issues of 556,525. These 8 libraries serve a population of 105,460. East Dunbartonshire covers 77 square miles, and the population density is 1,369 people per square mile. There are four major towns in East Dunbartonshire: Bearsden, Bishopbriggs, Kirkintilloch and Milngavie, and a number of smaller communities, including some remote communities in the Campsie Fells.
The SirsiDynix Horizon Library Management System is currently used. Other products in use in East Dunbartonshire Libraries include the iCam Booking system, and downloadable audio-books provided by WF Howes. Library members are offered online resources such as KnowUK, NewsUK, Britannica Online, and through the online catalogue, requests and renewal services.
Keith Shell, Business Development Manager at PTFS Europe said “We would like to thank the teams at Stirling and East Dunbartonshire Councils for showing the vision and initiative for making this decision to implement the Evergreen system. The tough economic climate that we all face is proving to be a catalyst for change as libraries seek to reduce cost and deliver improved efficiency. The present climate is also encouraging libraries to consider a shared service approach by establishing consortia. This allows participating authorities to benefit from a combination of excellent software functionality and the ability to significantly reduce costs.
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

OSS LMS does well in 2009 Survey

Marshall Breeding has published his 2009 LMS survey of installed and turned over systems.
http://www.librarytechnology.org/blog.pl?ThreadID=151
If these numbers are right, there were 634 installed systems in 2009
Of these, 265 were Koha or Evergreen, that’s 42%
In total, though, 307 were OSS LMS, that’s 48%
The biggest other player was SirsiDynix Symphony with 84 installations (13%), of which 72 of these were from Dynix and Horizon (their legacy systems).
After that, it was Apollo with 44 (7%).
I know these figures aren’t statistically absolutely accurate (and very North America biased) but, even still, these are impressive numbers for OSS LMS! I imagine they are indicative.
Going the other way, looking at the largest replaced systems, Dynix comes in top with 101 and Horizon second with 96, no real surprise there. Unicorn has 27.
Koha – Liblime has 26 but, all but one, stuck with OSS and moved to another provider. No one left Evergreen.