One of the major trends in the library technology arena has been large-scale implementations, where a large number of libraries share a system. These arrangements enable patrons to access much larger collections than might be available at their local branch and represents savings for libraries compared to the cost of separate standalone systems. The public libraries of Ireland embarked on an ambitious project in 2014 to implement a single shared platform, moving from several previous incumbent systems. At that time, the Libraries Ireland project selected and implemented Sierra from Innovative Interfaces to support the 330 library branches in the country. Following a recent tender process conducted by the Irish Local Government Management Agency, Civica announced the selection of its Spydus library management system for the consortium. Spydus has only a few installations in North America, but it is a major competitor in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.
The public libraries and school libraries in Denmark have shared a system since 2014. A new library management system, branded as Cicero, was developed for this project by Systematic, a major IT services company. This implementation serves over 2,428 public and school libraries across Denmark's 99 municipalities and is the largest shared automation system. This project was covered in the June 2018 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter.