Innovative Interfaces has completed the implementation of its Sierra library management system and Encore discovery interface for a shared automation environment for all of the public libraries in Ireland. This initiative includes 333 public libraries in the country with combined holdings of over 15 million library materials, serving the country's 4.6 million inhabitants. The public libraries in Ireland see an annual combined circulation of around 20 million transactions.
This new Sierra brings together all of the library authorities in Ireland that had been using several different incumbent ILSs. Dublin Country, the most densely populated area, was served by four separate library services, each using a separate instance of Axiell Galaxy. Twenty of the library services migrated from SirsiDynix Horizon and two were using Sirsi- Dynix Symphony. Only one of the library services in Ireland was previously using Innovative's Millennium ILS.
This implementation completes a process that began in November 2013 with Innovative named as the successful competitor in September 2014.
(For more details, see Ireland Selects Innovative for National Public Library System in the November 2014 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter).