28 February 2008. Following on from their successful integration of library services with their campus portal, The University of Manchester has released, under an open source licence, the code that enabled them to embed library functionality into their uPortal based campus portal. More than 35,000 students now have live access to their library account information within the campus portal, and with single sign-on, directly access their library management system.
As with all integration solutions some local development is required to use Web Services and tailor the use of those services to meet specific local requirements. Using the tools and support available within the Talis Developer Network (TDN) (www.talis.com/tdn/keystone), The University of Manchester developed the code required to successfully integrate library Web Services supplied by Talis Keystone into their uPortal campus portal. The toolkits available in the TDN enable developers to consume Talis Keystone Web Services without having to understand lower level details, and rapidly integrate their library system with other applications with minimum effort.
A Talis Keystone sandbox provides a live and accessible instance of Talis Keystone on the Internet for developers to experiment with the Application Programming Interface (API) and try out innovative ideas and real integration solutions within a safe environment.
The University of Manchester is now sharing this work, as open source code, for other institutions to reuse in their Talis Keystone implementations. The modules that they have made available have been published on the Talis Developer Network.
Lorraine Beard, Head of Information Services at The University of Manchester commented "The integration with Talis Keystone has enabled us to deliver a seamless service to staff and students visiting us via the University's portal. We are delighted that our efforts are available on the Talis Developer Network to help other libraries, and look forward to benefiting from their contributions to this open community in the future."
Andy Latham, Programme Manager at Talis commented "We are delighted that The University of Manchester are freely sharing their source code on the Talis Developer Network. Talis has a clear objective to establish and support a developer community around Talis Keystone, and this recent implementation is testament to our approach. We hope that this will be the first of many instances of customers openly sharing information within the Talis Keystone community."
Eleven academic libraries have purchased Talis Keystone to seamlessly integrate their Library Management System with diverse institution-wide systems. Successful implementation examples include The University of Greenwich and The University College Dublin, who have both integrated rich library functionality into the SunGard Luminis portals.
Talis Keystone delivers significant business benefits to libraries seeking a robust and easy to deploy integration solution that helps to promote and make their library services more visible throughout the institution. For more information about Talis Keystone please visit www.talis.com/keystone or contact 0870 400 5090.