August 6, 1998. SLS Information Systems, the European Division of Innovative, and the University of Exeter Library have signed a contract to upgrade the University's LIBERTAS library management system to INNOPAC Millennium. Migration work will begin in September this year with a live date for the new system in January 1999. INNOPAC Millennium will provide the University Library with unlimited OPAC use and an interface with their pioneering Mondex Smartcard system.
Alasdair Paterson, University Librarian said: "Following an exhaustive tendering process carried out in accord with European Union regulations, we were in no doubt that INNOPAC Millennium best fitted our range of requirements. Innovative offers us company robustness, the most secure and extensive conversion of data from our LIBERTAS system and an affordable, well-featured product with a development direction which, we feel confident, will best assist us in becoming the kind of information service we aspire to being".
Exeter University Library was one of the founder members of SLS Information Systems back in the late 1960s. Bob Radford, UK Business Manager at SLS said: "SLS and Innovative are very pleased that the long-standing relationship with the University of Exeter is set to continue into the 21st Century with their decision to choose the smooth migration path to INNOPAC Millennium".
The University of Exeter has origins dating back to 1855 and received its charter in 1955. The University combines research of international standing across all its departments with excellence in education, and is one of the most popular in the country amongst applicants. The Library has a collection of one million books and provides services to over 12,000 users. In 1996, the Library launched a full-scale pilot of its University "smart" card. The multi-purpose card, now in full use at the University, combines electronic purse functions with features such as access control, student voting, product discount, identity and library card.