Novartis Crop Protection U.K. Ltd, based in Cambridgeshire, has chosen OLIB7 as the information management system to manage their mixed media collection. Installation is due to take place in December 1998, with the Web OPAC, OLIB WebView, being distributed site wide during 1999.
The Information Centre is responsible for managing a varied collection which includes bibliographic material, serials, internal reports and electronic resources. Their primary role is to facilitate access to the extensive collection of research data, compiled into dossiers, for applications to register new products. These dossiers are lengthy and are currently being transferred into a digitised format.
OLIB7 will be an integral application within a new company initiative, NOVIMS (Novartis Information Management System). NOVIMS aims to integrate the Information Services into a cross-site intranet so as to maximise access to customer driven, quality information through the medium of enhanced technologies.
Sheila Love, Librarian at Novartis Crop Protection U.K. confirms the need for change, "We needed to promote better information management and usage, and to be able to respond more effectively to requests for information, from all aspects of the business. We needed a powerful system with a high level of flexibility and user appeal to help us achieve this."
An Oracle based application that operates on a Windows NT platform through a Windows interface, OLIB7 realises this aim and complements the Novartis IT strategy. The application's configurable cataloguing facilities will enable the Information Centre team to create their own layouts for the idiosyncratic range of material types, including the registration data. In the future, Novartis are planning to use the object-linking facilities to make scanned dossier files available via the OLIB7's WebView OPAC.