26th April, 2007, Birmingham, UK. Leeds Library and Information Service comprises 54 libraries, five mobile libraries, a schools library service, four prison libraries and an 'at home' service. The library service attracted over 4.2 million visitors last year, holds a catalogue of 995,000 items and issues over 3 million items per year.
Talis Keystone will enable the Library to expose features from their Talis Library Management System (LMS) and directly embed them into their bespoke Local Authority Finance system.
Patricia Carroll, Libraries Development Manager commented, "We are initially buying Talis Keystone to link our electronic invoices into the Council finance system as the final EDI process. We believe that this will deliver a Gershon saving of circa £10,000 per year. We envisage Talis Keystone raising the profile of libraries within the Council, by integrating with all systems relating to citizen authentication, e-payments and we consider it as part of our embryonic portal developments.'
Ceri McCall, Senior Manager for Sales and Marketing commented, "We are very pleased to welcome Leeds Library and Information Service to our growing community of Talis Keystone customers. We are experiencing growing demand from libraries, driven by the need to integrate their services for greater efficiencies. Feedback to date from libraries and their developers has been extremely positive, particularly in relation to the speed, flexibility and ease of implementation."
Leeds Library and Information Service joins the University of Greenwich, Queen's University Belfast and University College Dublin, who have already successfully implemented Talis Keystone to integrate their library services into their portals and Virtual Learning Environments (VLE's).
The Talis Keystone architecture leverages industry standards such as XML and SOAP to enable interoperability between library and institutional systems. Talis' approach is to empower both institutions and the developer community to deploy Talis Keystone themselves, by providing the necessary tools and support via a special ‘sandbox' available within the Talis Developer Network (www.talis.com/tdn/keystone).