Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces, a leading supplier of Web-based library automation systems, announced that the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, UK, has chosen the Millennium integrated library system.
Diana Sorrigan, Principal Librarian at Bury, said, "In looking to replace its existing library packages, Bury was looking for a robust integrated system capable of meeting existing requirements and addressing both national and local agendas for the future development of council-delivered new technology services. Although many commercially available library systems will perform basic library functions adequately, we felt that only Millennium was able to offer such a varied mix of facilities combined with an excellent Web-based, online public access catalog system, and comprehensive customer support--all at a highly competitive price. We are particularly pleased to be the first Public Library Service in Great Britain to acquire the Millennium system and look forward to the continuation of the excellent relations built up with Innovative."
Bob Radford, Innovative Business Manager, said, "While Innovative has over 330 public library customers around the world, Bury represents an exciting first in the UK. Innovative's Millennium is at the leading edge of library management systems for public libraries offering both core library functionality and advanced Web integration features that will enable Bury to provide its users with unparalleled facilities in meeting and surpassing Public Library Standards."
Of the six constituent parts of the Borough, the first library opened in Bury itself in 1901 and has just celebrated its centenary. The oldest building the service occupies is the c17th century Tottington Hall which became a library in the 1920s. Radcliffe Library was built with the help of the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1907. The existing library service was formed in 1974 as part of the wholesale reorganization of local government.