The University of Oxford and VTLS Inc. announced today that they were ending their agreement to work together on the implementation of the Virtua system as the library management system for over 100 libraries at Oxford. Oxford contracted with VTLS, a U.S.-based software vendor, in 2005. Since that time, there have been several transitions in leadership in the Bodleian Library and Oxford University Library Services (OULS), including the retirement of Reg Carr, director of OULS, the departure of Ronald Milne, acting director of OULS, and the arrival of Dr Sarah Thomas to serve as Bodley’s Librarian and director of OULS.
'Oxford is a complex organisation,' said Dr Thomas, 'and it needs to simplify and standardise its operations to take full advantage of system functionality and efficiency. Until we resolve some of the issues around the diverse practices prevalent in our libraries, we are hampered in implementing an advanced library management system such as Virtua.'
Oxford will put its implementation of a library management system on hold while it resolves some of the issues relating to its custom-designed automated stack request feature and other aspects of the LMS.
'VTLS impressed Oxford with its technical sophistication, its support for key library standards such as Unicode and FRBR, and its commitment to work with Oxford to achieve its goals,' said Dr. Sarah Thomas.
VTLS Inc. ( www.vtls.com), a leading library automation company in business for over 30 years, provides visionary technology in library solutions to a diverse customer base of more than 900 libraries in over 32 countries. Virtua is its premier ILS solution, Visualizer is its facet-based data discovery tool, Fastrac is its RFID technology, and VTLS also provides cutting edge software and services for Digital Libraries with Digital Imaging and VITAL, its Repository Services solution. VTLS is one of the few ISO 9001:2000 quality certified companies within the library industry.