October 14, 2020, Watford, UK. SirsiDynix is delighted to announce that Essex County Council and Thurrock Council have joined The Libraries Consortium (formerly The London Libraries Consortium), taking TLC's reach beyond London and the home counties.
TLC (The Libraries Consortium) is the biggest consortium of public library authorities in the UK, comprising 20 public library services sharing expertise, resources, and technology for libraries of today and the future. In 2018, SirsiDynix won the TLC framework contract for the provision of a brand new Library Services Platform that would enable this partnership to offer an enhanced and modernised service to its customer base. The aim of TLC's partnership is to grow organically in line with key recommendations from industry and government experts to deliver a single digital presence to authorities nationwide.
"Essex and Thurrock Library Services are thrilled to be joining The Libraries Consortium (TLC) and providing our customers with access to nearly 7 million more items of stock," said Juliet Pirez, Head of Libraries, Customer Services, Essex County Council. "Joining the consortium will provide our customers with a modern and interactive library service which will be available 24/7. We look forward to working with colleagues within the consortium and SirsiDynix on the development of new library services including the new single digital platform."
"The London Borough of Sutton is pleased to welcome Essex and Thurrock Libraries to The Libraries Consortium (TLC)," said Kelly Saini Badwal, Head of Cultural Services, Chief Executive's Directorate, London Borough of Sutton. "We now have 20 authorities who have joined TLC, making TLC the largest libraries consortium in England. The number of customers who benefit from a wide range of stock is now at 2.8 million across 254 libraries. TLC has successfully delivered a library management system which meets the needs of customers, and this is being further enhanced with the addition of ‘self-checkout' on the My Library app. Customers will be able to check out and return items in libraries from their personal mobile devices. As the Lead Authority, we're working with member authorities to develop a unique digital platform giving customers access to books, events, and services all in one place—a single digital platform."
SirsiDynix believes in the power of libraries. Transforming and shaping their communities every day, that power inspires us to connect people with knowledge at more than 23,000 libraries worldwide. SirsiDynix technology combines relevant resources with the Best Library User Experience (BLUE). With our Best-of-Breed approach, SirsiDynix gives libraries the greatest and most expansive range of options for their software. Complemented by the most experienced training, consulting, and support staff in the industry, SirsiDynix helps libraries to reach their highest potential while serving their communities. To find out more, visit www.sirsidynix.com.