December 1999—Innovative Interfaces continues to be Sweden's library system supplier of choice with the decision by Malmö University to install Millennium, a Web-based library automation system. Following an open procurement process, the University selected Millennium to replace its existing LIBERTAS and VTLS systems.
Peter Nilén, Systems Librarian at Malmö University, said: "We considered the Millennium system to comply with the high demands that are placed on new library systems today, and that Millennium's rich functionality would also provide an excellent match to our own specifications. Our evaluation also showed that the system is on a high technological level, with the Java(tm)-based client software providing us with the opportunity to use open-platform client/server architecture. Of the systems evaluated, we found that Millennium supported the most international standards with regards to searching, communication, formats and characters etc."
Mr Nilén added, "Other important factors in our decision were the integration with the national catalogue, LIBRIS, and Innovative's capability to handle the conversions from our existing systems. Furthermore, we feel that the Millennium system has great potential for future technical development."
Phase I of the University's Millennium implementation will be live by June 2000 with cataloguing, OPAC, inter-library loan and circulation modules. Phase II will follow in October with the addition of acquisitions and serials capabilities.
Malmö University was founded in July 1998 as Sweden's newest venture in higher education. The University currently has 13,000 students and more than 800 members of staff. The University Library is the centre for information and knowledge. It offers students access to both printed and electronic media. The temporary main library provides 300 reading places most of them with access to a computer. Another library belonging to the university is the Mediotek at the School of Teacher Education, and three branch libraries serving the Schools of Health and Society, Technology and Society and the Faculty of Odontology. The library web-site can be found at http://www.bibl.mah.se