Fretwell-Downing Informatics (FDI) has announced that Europe's second largest legal firm, Eversheds, has chosen the OLIB7 library management solution to help deliver improvements across the library and information service.
OLIB7 will form an integral component of Eversheds' new I.T and information strategy. It will be configured on a single server, servicing 15 offices Europe-wide. The configuration allows Eversheds to have local control over library management policies and practices whilst offering system wide analysis of budgeting and trends to support collection and service development. OLIB7 has been delivered complete with the Legal Information Resources (LIR) thesaurus, which will enrich the catalogue records and improve subject access to resources.
Eversheds information services manager for London, Sara Binding, outlines how OLIB7 fitted the company's future plans, “It was vital that we implemented a system that could handle our distributed set-up and deliver a real step forward in the management of library operations. OLIB7's financial reporting and analysis has given us real bargaining power when it comes to purchasing decisions.
Robin Murray, managing director at Fretwell-Downing Informatics comments, “When Eversheds first approached FDI they were looking for a system that would enable them to see all company wide library resources whilst still being able to manage operations at a local level. OLIB7 has given them the freedom to be able to do this.
The catalogue is available across the company's Intranet with OLIB7's filtering technology being used to display ‘own location' holdings first, this provides a more focused service to a distributed user population. OLIB7 will be a 24/7 service available to fee-earners on their desktops, and will become a key information source within the Eversheds Knowledge Management initiative.
Murray concludes: “By implementing OLIB7 at Eversheds we have been able to show our understanding of the unique requirements of the information services within the legal profession. Successful reference sites such as Osborne Clarke show how OLIB7 can combine both traditional library information together with the know how held within a company. OLIB7 also has the unique ability to handle the order management of looseleafs for the legal profession.