7th August 2007, Birmingham, UK. With the shared goal of opening up access to more books and information, Lancashire Libraries and The University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) have launched a broad initiative entitled the 'LancaShare' Project. Thanks to this new partnership agreement, both UCLAN students and Lancashire citizens will benefit.
Launched publicly on the 27th July 2007, this new scheme entitles all 32,000 students and staff at UCLAN to free automatic full membership of Lancashire County Council's Library and Information Service. This means opening up over 4 million books and audio visual items for loan or reference across 90 library service points to students. At the same time, citizens across Lancashire can access resources and materials at UCLAN libraries 24/7.
Working in partnership, Talis (the UK's leading library management system supplier) and SB Electronic Systems (a major supplier of access control systems) have successfully integrated their solutions to automate student and citizen access to libraries. Successfully automating and managing user registration, memberships and borrowing entitlements has resulted in time savings for students, citizens and library staff, enabling more instant access to library resources.
David Lightfoot, Head of Library and Information Services at Lancashire County Council, said "We are committed to providing library services that are accessible to everyone. We have had an agreement with the university to share access to our services for many years. This new scheme, however, embraces new technology enabling students, staff and the public to use one card for both the university library and our public and online library services. Working together with UCLAN means that together we can continue to improve and accelerate lifelong learning and educational attainment across Lancashire."
Kevin Ellard, Director of Libraries and Learning Resource Services at UCLAN, added "Over the past 10 years we have invested over £50 million in new buildings and facilities for our students. Our mission is to support access to excellence by providing and developing high quality information resources and services for research, learning and teaching. This collaboration provides a further boost in enabling access to a wide range of information resources to our students and citizens."
Ceri McCall, Senior Manager, Sales and Marketing commented "Many of our customers are working with us in creative ways to facilitate collaborative HE/FE and HE/Public library initiatives. Talis were delighted to work with UCLAN and Lancashire Libraries on this prestigious project. It was a pleasure to attend the official launch of this scheme. We wish both of our customers every success in this project."
For more information about the County Library and Information Services visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries or The University of Central Lancashire Library Service visit www.uclan.ac.uk/library.
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