STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, Jun. 26, 2001: On 22nd January 2001 vendors were invited to tender on a National bibliographic server system for LIBRIS (Union Catalogue of Swedish Libraries) and cataloguing client software in an open procedure according to EU Regulations.
Early last autumn – the 12th September year 2000 – The Royal Library of Sweden cancelled a contract with a company that was delayed with the delivery of a system for the Union Catalogue. The main reasons were problems with development work and special adaptations for LIBRIS specific needs. These delays caused a great deal of trouble to the Swedish libraries; therefore the Royal Library this time has emphasized in the RFP the firm intention to buy an existing system, based on products and services already available in the marketplace.
The results of the evaluation is that Endeavor, with the offered Voyager system, best fulfils the requirements from the LIBRIS Department as expressed in the RFP.
Some of the reasons for choosing Voyager:
- Voyager is the most "ready for use"-system of the evaluated systems. Almost no special development is needed to meet the requirements, which correspond very well with our intentions in the RFP.
- Excellent reference installations with among others Library of Congress and Te Puna – the national union catalogue of New Zealand.
- Open architecture, which makes it possible for LIBRIS staff to further on develop additional functionality and retrieve data as desired.
- A fully functional cataloguing client with complete help functions, logical workflow and an intuitive interface.
Further information about the evaluation can be found at the following URLs.
Evaluation of proposals
- http://info.libris.kb.se/infosvensk/samkatalog/Evaluation.xls">Evaluation of proposals - Appendix 1
Head of development and Project Leader
The Royal Library, National Library of Sweden