30th October 2006, Birmingham, UK. Talis Keystone has enabled Queen's University Belfast to expose rich functionality from their Talis Library Management System (LMS) and directly embed this into their bespoke PHP-based campus portal – Queen's Online. Students have experienced immediate benefits, including the ability to access their library account information, together with email, shared networks and course information within a single student environment.
The single sign-on capabilities of Talis Keystone allows students to directly view their My Library information (including Loans, Reservations and Charges) and seamlessly access the Library Catalogue and Library Services via their Queen's Online account.
Increasing library presence, by placing My Library accounts directly in the path of students within the Queen's Online campus portal (which is already heavily used), is an integral part of their Information Services strategy going into 2007. This integrated, web-based service allows library users to renew their books online and 80% of renewals are now carried out in this way.
Jane O'Neill, Library Systems Manager, Queen's University Belfast, commented "This has been an exciting initial integration of library services using Talis Keystone, which as well as being very straightforward, has met all of our expectations. In fact, we're already working with the developers of Queen's Online to define the next series of integration projects, specifically finance, student information systems and ePayments. We're very positive about working with Talis on these projects in the future and will continue to make good use of the developer resources available on the Talis Developer Network as well as the considerable expertise within the University".
Martina Tedford, Library Systems Analyst, Queen's University Belfast, commented "The loosely-coupled architecture of Talis Keystone is supported by a number of technology-specific developer toolkits and sample PHP code, providing the flexibility to integrate library services with our PHP-based campus portal and directly consume the library-centric Web Services via AJAX. This enabled us to follow our implementation plan with confidence and deliver this new service on-time and to-budget".
Nick Kyte, Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Talis Information Ltd, commented "Again, we are very pleased to see one of the first Talis Keystone implementations go live at Queen's University Belfast. This is the first implementation using AJAX and PHP, alongside other customer's Java and .Net based deployments. This just reinforces our confidence in the scalability and flexibility of this integration services layer that Talis has developed. The feedback from Queen's University Belfast has been very positive at every stage of the programme, culminating in the presentation of their success story at a recent Talis Product Briefing day".
On Tuesday 24th October, Talis hosted a Product Briefing on Talis Keystone for academic libraries, focusing on how Web Services are enabling interoperability between library and student services. The event attracted significant numbers of our academic library customers. The Queen's University Belfast success story presentation can be found at www.talis.com/news/events/previous_events.shtml. For more information about Talis Keystone please visit http://www.talis.com/keystone or contact 0870 400 5090.
Talis is an established provider of library and information management software to public and academic libraries and has a long history as a technology innovator, a pioneer for open standards, and as a partner for its customers.
Working closely with world standards bodies such as World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, and NISO, ongoing research activities include Web Services, Services Oriented Architectures, RDF based metadata and RSS.
Talis has recently announced a new Talis Library Platform which is an open, extensible, Web 2.0 based software platform which will be the foundation upon which next generation applications will be developed. The Talis Platform incorporates semantic content management, a global collections directory, with a Service Oriented Architecture that enables low cost institutional integration.
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