The John Rylands University of Manchester, pioneers of library software development in the 1970's, have taken the step of purchasing a new library management system from BLCMP rather than continue to develop their own software
Contracts were signed for the installation of the new Talis library system in September. John Rylands is the first library to install the Unix-based system. Talis was chosen for its ability to meet the IT standards of the future, with client-server architecture and a relational database, offering the University library the flexibility which it will require in years to come.
The ability of Talis to run on existing Hewlett-Packard hardware was one of the reasons for Manchester's choice as this enables it to integrate with their management and administrative computer systems.
The John Rylands is part of CURL, the Consortium of University Research Libraries which includes the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Leeds. Their joint database is located in Manchester. John Rylands's 800,000 records will additionally now be added to the BLCMP database, which currently holds 11 million MARC records