The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) has today gone live with the OLIB7 library management system from Fretwell-Downing Informatics (FDI).
OLIB7 has been selected to provide the marine information centre at IMarEST with a single integrated system to manage all library materials. As one of the world's most comprehensive information centres for marine professionals, IMarEST has more than 8,000 books, 1,000 conference volumes and over 100 subscribed professional journals.
Prior to choosing OLIB7, IMarEST used a DOS-based text management system for over 20 years. Commenting on the implementation of OLIB7, Dr David Bartle manager of the information centre says: “We are now looking forward to doing more with library management thanks to OLIB7's flexible functionality. Staff and members will be benefiting from enhanced features that will enable us to speed up processes such as circulation and cataloguing.”
Dr Bartle adds: “We accepted that implementing our first real library management system would take time as we had very specialised cataloguing requirements. All our references carry comprehensive abstracts, which include details such as individual papers from conferences. It was FDI's enthusiasm and understanding of our unique data that meant we felt comfortable in their abilities to ease IMarEST into an advanced library management system.”
Dr Bartle adds: “FDI's reputation with organisations such as Southampton Oceanography Centre meant that they were a proven well established enterprise with high standards of professionalism, who are continually investing in the development of its traditional library management system.”
OLIB7 is a highly flexible library management system, which enables information professionals to manage a wide range of materials via a locally configurable interface that can be adapted to suit local working practices. FDI customers include: IMechE, The Law Society, Engineering Employers' Federation and the British Film Institute.
About Fretwell-Downing Informatics
Fretwell-Downing Informatics (FDI) has a long history of supplying leading-edge information management solutions to over 200 organisations worldwide. FDI operates from its headquarters in the UK with a US subsidiary, Fretwell-Downing Inc., in North America plus additional offices in Australia and Europe. FDI's experience has resulted in a suite of welldesigned solutions including information portals, library management, resource sharing, document delivery and data publishing. The company's freedom by design philosophy is underpinned by a strong software development team and a commitment to interoperability and open standards – such as NISO Z39.50, Dublin Core. This enables FDI components to be built into a total solution or integrated alongside existing technologies.