Birmingham, 28th November 2005. Talis, the leading provider of library management solutions for the UK and Ireland, is delighted to announce details of this successful collaboration with the Research Libraries Group (RLG).
The Talis Directory Service is a component of the new Talis Library Platform, developed in collaboration with RLG for use with their RedLightGreen service; an online database of bibliographic descriptions available to everyone. The project, designed to make accessing books easier, allows users of RedLightGreen to link directly to detailed bibliographic information from any Talis customer. Talis and RLG are working closely to further extend the use of Talis' Directory Service to provide current and accurate data on all libraries listed in RedLightGreen.
The benefits of enhancing both resource discovery and access are compelling. Union catalogues, like RedLightGreen have demonstrated the value of deep-linking to the user's OPAC of choice. However, traditionally it has proven difficult to sustain such as service due to the significant effort that is required to search for, and implement the changes in the way that individual libraries permit linking to their systems.
The Talis Directory Service solves this problem; RLG no longer has to worry about maintaining any link information themselves. Most importantly, though, users of the service will enjoy a more reliable, and therefore better, experience.
Lee Cox – Head of Business Development for Talis commented "We are delighted to be working with such a forward thinking organisation as RLG, this is a great step forward in making access to worldwide collections easier and more cost effective. We look forward to working with other consumers of Talis' Directory service"
Susan Yoder – Director of Product Management for RLG said "Users of RedLightGreen benefit directly from the capabilities of Talis' Directory Service, as it consistently and reliably ensures that they are able to link through from books found via RedLightGreen to physical copies of those books in libraries close to them."
Talis is the leading provider of library management solutions for the UK and Ireland. Designed for the academic and public sectors, Talis' suite of products helps public authorities, universities and colleges to manage their extensive resources and provides users with swift and easy access to that information.
Founded in 1969, Talis has grown steadily and now enjoys an impressive 25% share of the UK library market. The company also has a long history as a technology innovator and invests heavily in research into the information management technologies of the future. Ongoing research projects include metadata, web services, RSS and Web Service Oriented Architectures.
As a result of various research initiatives, Talis has recently announced the Talis Platform which is an open, extensible, shared Web 2.0 platform that will enable all library stakeholders to participate in a revolutionary shared architecture for creating and delivering content resources. The Talis Platform comprises a series of software, data, and services components which will be the foundation upon which next generation library applications will be delivered.
RLG is an international, not-for-profit membership organization of libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions with collections for research and learning. Incorporated in 1975 by The New York Public Library and Columbia, Harvard, and Yale universities, RLG provides solutions to the challenges presented by information access and management in the digital era.