Axiell (formerly DS), the market leader in UK public libraries and archives and part of the Axiell Library Group AB, announces that the London Borough of Hackney has become an Axiell customer and joined the London Libraries Consortium (LLC), which now totals 12 members.
The London Borough of Hackney serves a population of 209,000 and is one of the host boroughs for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. By moving to the OpenGalaxy LMS provided by Axiell, and joining the LLC, Hackney Libraries now have access to a Londonwide catalogue of over 3 million books, CD’s, DVD’s and other items. This improves the service available to library users and, because cataloguing records are shared, reduces the administrative overhead for the cataloguing and acquisitions process.
The implementation of the Windows-based OpenGalaxy system was completed in a matter of months, with all services available to the public, including the new Viewpoint public web interface, only 5 days after the previous library management system was switched off. The project was a complex one including a catalogue review, borrower and live circulation data migration and a major catalogue data enhancement project.
Edward Rogers, Head of Libraries, Archives and Information for Hackney Council, said: "We are delighted we can now provide our users with access to a vast catalogue of items as members of the London Libraries Consortium. The advice we received as part of the system switch over ensured a smooth implementation process that was completed in under a week."
The migration project also required Hackney to prepare for joining the LLC consortium where members keep their local lending rules and policies. LLC membership allows any borrower to see what’s available anywhere in the system, and to use their ticket to request and reserve any item, no matter where it is located.
Following Hackney’s move to join the LLC, London Borough of Ealing has also become a member of the consortium bringing the number of members to 12 and strengthening the consortium membership in the West London area.
Axiell, formerly known as DS, provides library software solutions to one third of local authorities in the UK, while over 350 customers use Calm, the system of choice for Archives, Museums and Records Offices. The company is a leading business solutions supplier to libraries, archives, museums and records centres. Under the name of DS, the business served UK local government for over 30 years. Axiell offers its customers both software and hardware and a full range of implementation, and facilities management and integration services. The company continues to be a pioneer in software development for libraries. Axiell is a member of Axiell Library Group AB. Founded in the mid 1980’s, Axiell Library Group was the first vendor in the Nordic countries to develop a local library management system. In 1996 it was one of the world’s first suppliers to launch a complete graphic local library system which implemented all of the established library standards. This development has continued, and today Axiell Library Group is the world’s fifth largest company in the sector, supplying IT systems and services dedicated solely to libraries as a target group and with its focus on library development.