The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has chosen Axiell as its development partner to create an innovative new way for blind and partially sighted people to access the charity's library catalogue to enable them to choose, borrow and buy books and audio items from the RNIB's central library.
The system being developed for RNIB is termed the Reading Business Service and involves developing Axiell's innovative customer-facing Arena library web portal to the OpenGalaxy library management system used by a third of local authorities in the UK.
Pat Beech, Manager of the RNIB's National Library Service, says, "The Reading Business Service is a major development aimed at putting blind and partially sighted people in charge of their own reading choices.
For example it will review customers' previous choices and proactively suggest the next title in a set or other titles they could be interested in."
Axiell is also integrating many of the RNIB's current IT systems to help them realise benefits and savings through increased efficiencies and less manual processes.
The RNIB chose to partner with Axiell on the project due to the company's extensive customer base and experience in technology solutions and services for public libraries and their emphasis on constant development. Pat explains, "At RNIB we feel that influencing and advocacy and pioneering new services for our users is a major part of our work. Working in partnership with Axiell helps us to extend our message to the Axiell's many public libraries customers in the UK to encourage them to offer a more accessible service simply by continuing to use their existing library management system and library web portal which, on completion of the project, will provide a new window into library stock for their blind and partially sighted users."
Jim Burton, Managing Director of Axiell UK, adds, "We are very pleased to be working with RNIB to develop a more accessible library catalogue. Physical visits to libraries will also continue to be important as libraries are set to remain hubs for social interaction, community groups and learning. We will also shortly be launching our OpenGalaxy LMS for tablet, OG Web, which will enable library staff to floor walk and help visitors locate items, check out and renew items from anywhere in the library. We are also developing OG Web with RNIB, so that it also reflects the accessibility developments for blind and partially sighted users."
Axiell is lead sponsor for Consortia Conference 2012, 3 May, Bath.
Shared services and consortia working for public libraries
Axiell UK provides library software solutions to one third of local authorities in the UK, while over 400 customers use Calm, the system of choice for Archives, Museums and Records Offices. The company is a leading business solutions supplier to libraries, archives, museums and records centres.
Axiell UK offers its customers both software and hardware and a full range of implementation, facilities management and integration services, and the company continues to be a pioneer in software development for libraries.
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Axiell Group AB
Axiell Group is the world's fifth largest company in the sector, supplying IT systems and services dedicated solely to libraries, archives and museums as a target group and with its focus on library development.
Axiell develops technically advanced and innovative solutions in close cooperation with its customers. More than 1000 library organisations with thousands of branches in the Nordic countries and in the UK use Axiell's library management systems and Axiell Arena, the tool for the virtual library. The system for archives and museums, Axiell Calm is used by over 400 archives and museums in Europe.
Axiell Group is a group company with five subsidiaries in Sweden, Denmark and Finland as well as the UK. www.axiell.com