Bristol, UK, February 26, 2008. Infor announced today that Scottish Borders Council has successfully gone live with their Vubis Smart system in 12 libraries. The system will also support the Councilís 6 mobile libraries.
The Vubis Smart implementation at Scottish Borders Council is a 75 user system with a database of 180,000 bibliographical records, 307,000 item records and 42,000 borrowers. The system was converted from Dynix; it includes Community Information data, as well as details of mobile library routes and stops. The mobile functions are part of a development specifically for Scottish Borders Council, which allows better statistical information on the mobile library service to be gathered, as well as providing better administrative functions for mobile library users. Scottish Borders Council will also using the smartcard software shared with other Scottish libraries e.g. North Lanarkshire and Dumfries & Galloway, for user identification and registration. Files will also be output from Vubis Smart to be sent to a Debt Management Service.
Additional services implemented include AquaBrowser, the enhanced OPAC system, which will be delivering enhanced catalogue content from BDS, and V-Spaces, the portal application from Infor. In addition the 6 mobile libraries will be on-line where geography permits, and will use WinBus the off-line module where on-line access is not possible.
About Scottish Borders Council
Scottish Borders covers an area of 1,800 square miles in the south east of Scotland and has a resident population of approximately 109,000, making it a predominantly rural area.
Libraries and Information Services form part of the Cultural Services Division which also includes the Museums and Galleries Service, and the Heritage Hub family history and archive centre. Public Library services are delivered across the Scottish Borders through a network of 12 libraries, in the main centres of population, and 6 mobile libraries. The service also provides a School Library Service, which supplies project collections to local primary schools, literacy collections, collections of foreign language materials for migrant workers as part of the Council's support services for migrant and incoming workers, and supports volunteers who run the Patients Library at Borders General Hospital, and provide a housebound delivery service in Selkirk and Galashiels. Professional support is also provided to the 9 secondary school libraries.
There are 6 mobile libraries providing library services to the rural villages and farms in the Borders on a two or three week rotation. They also provide a housebound service, taking books to readers in their own home, for those who are unable to visit their local library. Covering over 900 stops every 2-3 weeks, mobile library business accounts for almost one fifth of the total library business.
The Scottish Borders Library Service serves every member of the public living and working in the Scottish Borders, and together the libraries and mobile libraries provide a full range of lending and reference services including free public access to the Internet, story and rhyme times, local studies and tourist information.
About Infor Library and Information Solutions
Infor Library and Information Solutions offers libraries and information centres a suite of automation products, including an information portal and federated search application (V-spaces), an Open URL solution (V-link), an Integrated Library System (Vubis Smart), and an Electronic Resources Management System (V-sources). Our organisation has been at the forefront of library technology for three decades and has a rich history of providing innovative solutions to information centres and libraries worldwide. For more information about our products, visit www.vubis-smart.com