Engineering Employers’ Federation (EEF) has chosen OLIB7 from Fretwell Downing Informatics (FDI) as the system that will allow them to do more with library management. Implementation is already underway and EEF are looking forward to benefits such as speedier circulation processes, choice and flexibility of reporting and the ability to retrieve a variety of mixed media records.
EEF is the ’voice of engineering’ and as such is a national federation of 13 regional associations and the ECIA, the Engineering Construction Industry Association. It has a growing membership of over 5,700 companies and is the pre eminent employers’ organisation for the industry. The library handles enquiries from all the associations in addition to managing publications, journals, newspapers and websites.
OLIB7 is part of a move to streamline processes at EEF and encourage associations to work closer with the federation. Jean Bennett, head of information services at EEF comments: "The system we were previously using was nearly 10 years old and was not a windows based system. It was obvious that we needed an updated system so we considered both upgrading CAIRS and migrating to a different supplier. After a detailed evaluation process we chose OLIB7 from FDI as we felt that the system would be able to grow with the federation and provide us with the high level of functionality we require."
The flexible functionality within OLIB7 was key to the decision making process at EEF. They will be cataloguing websites using the same process as for books, journals and other materials. In addition they will be customising screens using layout manager, a standard tool in OLIB7, and providing object links from these screens to chosen websites. This means that they are now able to search and retrieve a variety of mixed media records. Also key to the success of OLIB7 at EEF is the web end user interface and the strength and flexibility of the reporting options.
Bennett adds: "The main attraction of OLIB for us is the user friendly interfaces and the fact that it can open up access to all the associations within the EEF. We are hoping to reach a point when all employees have access to OLIB on their desktops. This will be a great time saving exercise and will also encourage employees to be more hands on - with this in mind we have already purchased some additional licenses."
Robin Murray, managing director at FDI comments: "EEF is the latest in a line of professional organisations who are choosing OLIB7 to improve the provision of library and information services via the web to a distributed membership. At FDI we are increasingly aware of the importance of other types of information for professional organisations, namely internally held knowledge and external resources. OLIB7 is a flexible system that supports all types of information and therefore enables its customers to meet the needs of an increasingly sophisticated end-user population. "