|University of Cumbria: Integrated Library System (2015-03-05)|
University of Cumbria
Fusehill Street,Carlisle, CA1 2HH United Kingdom|
|Type of Product or Service||Integrated Library System|
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|Other Information||The University is seeking to adopt a Unified Library System to exploit new technologies being offered; to maximise potential efficiencies in work-flows and processes; to ensure rapid, seamless delivery and value for money; to enhance the student's learning experience; and free up resources to meet new University information needs.
The Library Management System (LMS), together with associated resource management applications, is a corporate system. Within the University the LMS is owned and managed by Library and Student Services with support from IT Services. The University has used the Capita (previously Talis and BLCMP) LMS since 1997.
The Library environment has significantly changed in the last decade and with the growing body of born digital and digitised scholarly output academic collections are increasingly becoming more electronic than print. Currently the Library's electronic journal subscriptions represent 95 % of journal subscriptions; electronic books represent about 50 % of the current collection. Though legacy print collections will remain for the foreseeable future, the move to provision of electronic library resources will continue driven by our e-first policy.
The University is seeking to acquire a Unified Library System which will support this new mixed information economy, effectively manage its electronic resources including metadata and licenses and ensure quality of service provision to the Library's users. In doing so the key aim is to create more efficient processes and work-flows, and by making these efficiencies ensure services are delivered in a seamless, timely and effective manner and further improve ease of use and accessibility to information for Library users.
Student interaction with the Library will improve through a more responsive system to request, discover and access material. There will be a single search box to access the collection and a single interface to interact with the Library.
The Library is seeking to enter into a contract for an initial period of 5 years from implementation with an option to extend if both parties are in agreement for a further 2 years. Any subsequent extensions to the contract will be agreed by the University of Cumbria and the service provider.
The University is seeking to adopt a Unified Library System that is offered by the vendor as a Software as a Service.
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