Oslo, Norway, April 25 2022 – Axiell, the leading software vendor for public libraries in Europe, today announces new customers for Axiell Quria in Norway. Earlier this year, Viken County Library, in partnership with 22 municipalities and all the upper secondary schools in the county, issued a tender to choose a new library system. Viken County Library chose Axiell's cloud-based platform Quria and Quria Discover. Through this partnership, Quria will now serve nearly 700 000 inhabitants.
"The goal of the project was to acquire a user-friendly and future-oriented library system. A shared platform for many of the county's municipalities and schools will strengthen cooperation in the region and provide clear economies of scale. As a large customer group, we will also be able to work closely with Axiell and shape the further development of the system. We are very pleased that Axiell was chosen as the supplier. They had the best offer, and we look forward to a strong relationship in the years ahead", says Heidi Hovemoen, library manager at Fylkesbibliotek Viken.
Quria is a platform where all of the library's resources and workflows can be managed together. This includes physical collections, digital resources, library activities, events, e-media and all communication channels. Quria provides the library with a modern structure for the metadata in its collections. The metadata structure in Quria supports linked data and is aligned with emerging metadata standards such as FRBR, IFLA-LRM and RDA.
Quria's data format allows metadata to be better understood and used outside the traditional library catalogue and creates entirely new opportunities for libraries to promote their information and collections outside their own systems. The structure of works, expressions, manifestations and copies allows the data to be presented in a more intuitive and accessible way for the patron. Search results are clearer and reservations are easier.
The system simplifies the staff's internal work and frees up time for initiatives like visitor outreach and reading promotion. It is cloud-based and works behind the scenes so that the library does not need to be closed for updates to the solution.
"We look forward to a long-term collaboration with Viken County Library and all the affiliated municipalities. This is an important agreement for us. It sends a clear signal about the importance of offering libraries a good library system that focuses on the users' needs", says Kjetil Hillestad, CEO Axiell Norway.
Axiell's solutions help institutions share culture and knowledge with the world. Our software and services assist them to manage their collections, encourage reading, preserve cultural heritage, improve learning and increase engagement with the public. Our customers are libraries, museums, archives, schools, publishers, and retailers in 60 countries. We develop innovative digital tools to transform the way they work and connect with their audiences. We do this from 24 offices globally, with headquarters in Sweden.