Keele University has chosen to install a Millennium library automation system from Innovative Interfaces to replace its current OLIB 6 system. Implementation of Millennium will begin later this summer, with plans for a live date at the start of the year 2000.
Allan Foster, Director of Information Services at Keele University, said: "Keele is delighted to become an INNOPAC Millennium customer. We selected the Millennium system after a thorough review of the library systems marketplace by a team of librarians and computer professionals. We are convinced that Millennium offers an excellent mix of functionality and cost-effectiveness, and provides an exciting development route for the future. In particular, we were impressed by the flexibility of the system to meet our needs, the look and feel of the OPAC for library users, the imaginative use of Java™ applications within the system, and the powerful management information facilities."
Mr. Foster continued: "We have also been reassured by speaking to other Innovative customers in the UK. On matters such as the reliability of the software, the quality of customer support and its economic client-server architecture, we have received very positive feedback. As all Library Directors will testify, the decision to migrate from one system to another is one of the most important and far reaching issues that we face in a decade. In this context, we are delighted to be joining a customer base of almost a thousand libraries world-wide."
Mark Carden, General Manager of Innovative Interfaces in Europe, added: "We are very pleased to be able to add Keele University to our growing list of European customers. We were impressed with their thorough and effective tendering process and their decision to select a supplier who will future-proof their investment from a technological as well as a financial viewpoint. We were also encouraged by the university's enthusiasm for the Java technology which is so fundamental to the Millennium modules. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with the university."
The university has combined its library, computing, and media operations into the joint Keele Information Services (KIS); its goal is to offer an integrated learning/research support service that embraces digital and printed media.
Founded in 1949 as the University College of North Sheffield, in Staffordshire (the first post-war university in Britain), Keele was awarded university status and re-named in 1962. The university was founded to promote interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary scholarship and makes a distinctive contribution to higher education by emphasising the strength of a broad and innovative educational program. With its 61-acre campus, Keele is the largest integrated campus university in the UK; the campus, graced with the 19th-century landmark Keele Hall (http://www.keele.ac.uk), has been granted Grade II registration status by English Heritage. With an annual turnover in excess of £55m and a total staff of some 1,500, the university annually generates around £40m of business in the region.