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August 20, 2012

(Fujitsu) Utilizes Fujitsu's iLiswave-J university library business package. Kyoto University has renewed its library system using our university library business package iLiswave-J. This system is equipped with a next-generation Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) service as a document search function. This service will be provided from August 20, 2012.

October 27, 2011

(Fujitsu) Fujitsu announced the launch of Ufinity for Public, a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering for public libraries throughout Japan, extending from the prefectural level to local municipalities. The next-generation library service is designed to bring greater convenience to both library patrons and staff through portal sites. The service includes features that make it easy to create and update a library portal site, along with features for administering interlibrary loans(1) and staff communication over the web. The portal site provides a searchable environment that is convenient for patrons and staff to use for library news or checking and searching on new-acquisitions data. In addition, a horizontal search function can simultaneously search not only public libraries within a prefecture but also the collections in university libraries, museums, and other affiliated institutions, making it quick and efficient for patrons and staff to reserve and send away for books. As the service is provided in the SaaS model hosted at Fujitsu's datacenters and accessed over the Internet, libraries can start using it quickly and inexpensively, with no need for costly investments in ICT resources. Fujitsu offered WebiLis in September 2010 under the SaaS model as its first effort in supporting the "regional general library" concept in Japan. The new service, being Fujitsu's second offering, is intended to enhance the role of regional libraries as information sources and strengthen links between libraries.

November 1, 2010

(Fujitsu) Fujitsu and Teikyo University today announced the recent launch of a Software as a Service (SaaS)-based library portal site for university students and faculty in Japan, with the aim of implementing a next-generation library that helps build up motivation for study in students and supports the development of further research by faculty.The new portal site integrates the search sites for the library's catalog of books, e-books, and e-journals—which were previously available separately—and makes it possible to perform comprehensive cross-searches of catalogues and a wide variety of academic resource databases from each of the university's campuses, other universities, nearby libraries, and e-journal publishers, thus improving user-friendliness.The utilization of Fujitsu's Ufinity academic portal SaaS, which can be quickly deployed without the need to purchase servers and other new system equipment, enabled the system to be built within a short time span of one month.

September 6, 2010

(Fujitsu) Fujitsu announced the launch of its new software as a service (SaaS)-based solution for library administration aimed at municipal public libraries throughout Japan.The SaaS-based solution, WebiLis, provides the functions needed to administer a library over the Internet, from Fujitsu's datacenters. Libraries can quickly and inexpensively deploy an ICT system environment for managing book lending, processing returns, processing reservation requests, and adding materials to catalogs, as well as functions allowing the public to make reservation requests and search for books. In addition, the use of community functions in the system enables information exchanges and knowledge sharing, both within the same library and with other municipal libraries throughout Japan that utilize the system.With this service, the operational and maintenance work of a library's ICT system is handled by datacenter specialists enabling the library to raise the quality of services it provides to users, such as promptly providing users with the books they request or analyzing borrowing trends and user needs, while increasing the library's operational efficiency in managing its collection of books.It is estimated that subscribing to this service will save libraries approximately 30% on their ICT costs over five years.

December 22, 2005

(Fujitsu) Fujitsu Limited today announced that it has been awarded a contract by Naka city in Ibaraki prefecture of Japan, to construct a system utilizing Fujitsu's biometric palm vein authentication technology for the city's new public library scheduled to open in October 2006. The library system is the world's first of its kind. Fujitsu's contactless palm vein authentication technology will be implemented for the first time in a library system to provide a lending service that eliminates the use of library identification (ID) cards to check out books.

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