Talis is delighted to announce that Rotherham Library and Information Service has chosen the Talis LMS to manage the borough's 14 static, and 3 mobile libraries, replacing their incumbent supplier.
With a mission to provide everyone who lives, learns, works and plays in Rotherham with a Library Service which is right for them, wherever, however and whenever they need it, Rotherham's libraries serve more than 125,000 borrowers, hold a catalogue of more than 360,000 books, CDs and videos and issue over 992,000 items per year. Talis welcomes Rotherham as they join other Talis customers in Yorkshire including Bradford College, Leeds Library and Information Service, North Yorkshire Libraries and The University of Sheffield.
Mark Heaton, Rotherham's Principal Officer e-Library Services, commented: "We see the implementation of the Talis LMS and services as a positive step forward in helping us achieve our mission statement and performance targets. The Library management team is working to deliver a service that is progressive, efficient, attractive to all sectors of the community and responsive to customer needs."
Dave Errington, Talis CEO commented: "We are delighted to be partnering with the award winning RBT (Connect) Ltd - a public - private partnership between Rotherham Metropolitan Council and BT - to provide this new service. We welcome Rotherham to our existing community of 112 libraries across the UK and Ireland. Rotherham joins South Tyneside Council as the latest authority to replace their existing BiblioMondo system. We believe that our new service will help Rotherham's libraries continue to go from strength to strength".
Paul Broadberry, RBT CEO said: "We worked together to satisfy the client's requirements in a complex environment. Talis offered the right product with the right capability at the right price."
At the heart of the Talis Library Management Suite are Talis Alto and Talis Prism. Talis' software tracks the borrowing history of 8 million UK citizens and students, throughout libraries with 9,000 staff users and 2.5 million Web users. Building on top of the core Talis LMS, Rotherham will be taking advantage of additional solutions for procurement, management information and system integration with broader Council services.
For more information about the Talis LMS visit www.talis.com/products.
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' heritage of working with academic and public institutions means that we are ideally positioned to apply emerging technologies to build new, and enhance existing software solutions. The Talis Library Platform is an open, extensible, Web 2.0 based software platform that provides the foundation upon which next generation applications are being developed.
Through the Talis Developer Network (www.talis.com/tdn/), Talis welcomes developers to join its development community and build the next generation of applications and services on a shared platform.
For more information, visit www.talis.com where you can find detailed information, read our blogs, join our discussion forums, and listen to our industry podcasts.
About RBT (Connect) Ltd
RBT (Connect) Ltd is a joint venture company between Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and BT. Since its launch in 2003, the partnership has won numerous awards, including Best Public-Private Partnership of the Year in last year's Municipal Journal Achievement Awards. During the 12-year life of the partnership, BT is investing in new technology, expertise, skills and better ways of working. Savings for the Council are being ploughed back into front-line services. Earlier this year Rotherham won the Local Government Chronicle's Most Improved Council award.