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

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By PTFS-Europe

5th March 2012 | Press Release

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.”

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