Library automation specialist, Softlink Europe Ltd has announced a raft of new contract wins for its latest product, Softlink Liberty3, an entirely web-based library management system. A firm believer in investment in research and development to provide library technology for the 21st century, Softlink Liberty3 has been designed specifically to meet the needs of corporate, special and tertiary education libraries.
Softlink Liberty3 is already used by librarians and information officers in over 30 European organisations and over 120 worldwide.
Margaret Stead, Information Adviser at the Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA), commented,
“At the Sector Skills Development Agency we market Liberty3 internally as Infoline and it is proving as useful and user friendly as I'd hoped. We have recently made it available on our newly launched intranet, which is useful for colleagues who work off-site regularly. This year we intend to start using the acquisitions element of the system.”
The library service at the Sector Skills Development Agency offers access to a specialist collection of documents that underpins the Agency's work around policy development and research into the areas of labour market, skills and productivity in support of the Skills for Business Network.
Other Liberty3 clients include:
- Higher education: St Catharine's College, Cambridge;
- Further education: South Kent College;
- Corporate: Syngenta;
- Health: Bloomsbury Healthcare in London (the first NHS site for Liberty 3);
- Membership organisations: National Union of Teachers; The Athenaeum Club – London;
- Finance: Bank of Cyprus;
- Charity: The Dyslexia Institute;
- Government: Invest Northern Ireland and Adult Learning Inspectorate.
Managing Director of Softlink Europe, Alasdair Darroch, comments, “Liberty3 from Softlink is amazingly simple and straightforward to implement and it's a very cost effective option. Liberty3 is wholly web-based (not just the opac!), has full-text searching throughout, is multi-branch and can be customised for individual clients. It is rapidly finding enthusiastic clients in corporate, special, health, law and academic libraries. Its reasonable pricing, full functionality and almost unlimited scaleability make it accessible to most organisations, whether they have thousands of users or a handful.”
Liberty3: Product highlights
Installation of Liberty 3 is a straightforward and uncomplicated process but tailoring the library system to your exact requirements is a huge boon and Softlink Liberty3 allows you to alter both functionality and behaviour. Users can define their own data entry forms, alter graphic layout and content of interface screens and adapt the system to the changing operational and technical needs of their organisation. The advanced reporting facility is often remarked on by clients who are surprised that it can drill down so finely – for example should you wish you can send overdue notices to people whose surnames begin with C and birthdays are in August.
Softlink Liberty3 is a complete solution and entirely web-based. As the whole application runs from a web server, no parts of the system are dependent on the workstation specification so there are no files held open on the workstation except components of MS Office, to allow Word and Excel export. Being completely ‘thin client', the system requires only minimal bandwidth.
Liberty3 includes the following as standard elements: Management/cataloguing; circulation; self issue; SDI; stock-take; statistics; data import/export (including Marc21 and XML); acquisitions (including EDI facility); journals; inter-library loans; report writer; OPAC; multilingual functionality.
Softlink is experienced in integrating the use of the library system with other applications from virtual learning environments to staff/administration systems to avoid duplication of effort, and associated re-keying errors, avoiding the ‘islands of information' common in many organisations.
An optional add-on to Liberty3, e-Reference, will allow reference questions to be answered online, recorded for future reference and searched by users. The National Union of Teachers is planning to embed it in the catalogue instead of the standard email enquiry form and for it to appear as a desktop icon.
BookWhere is another option, offering a Z39.50 compliant search interface to any Z39.50 library catalogue in the world. Its integration with Liberty3 brings easy online cataloguing to provide direct transfer of records to the local Liberty3 catalogue.
For more information or to arrange a remote or on-site demonstration, or to meet Softlink at the LiS show on 21-22 April at stand P56, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org