The Esprit Soutron Partnership is delighted to announce the implementation of their networked information management system in the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library located at the County hall, Norwich.
The installed system provides controlled access to a range of electronic information resources including CD-ROMs, DVD's, on-line subscription services and applications - all using ESP's flexible ICT suite of products.
The Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, based at the Forum, is a one of the largest National Lottery funded projects to date receiving almost £30 Million of the £60 Million required in National Lottery funding and is the central focus in local people's learning and leisure. The library offers resources to support people of all ages and abilities who are following personal learning paths, whether in support of a career, as part of their school lives or as an individual interest.
It is expected that the library will attract some 1 Million visitors in the first year, rising to more than 1.2 Million in it's second. It provides 70 publicly available PC's linked to the Northlink library management database.
The Millenium Library's objective was to create fast, multiple and simultaneous user access to CD-ROM and electronic information, access provision to other sites and users including other library service points. There was also the need to enable the integration of developing publishing media and other formats including multi-level DVD's and to improve the management and control of a range of information resources and applications.
Jan Holden, Service Manager of Norwich and Norfolk Lending Libraries comments “…We are delighted with the service and expertise of ESP Ltd. They fully understand the demands placed upon information professionals within large-scale libraries and in xdirectory, have the ideal tool for maximising information accessibility…”
LAN access is provided to staff and public within a public library environment. WAN access is provided from branch libraries, learning centres and similar outlets all attached to the corporate network. Access to remote users is also available via the Internet.
The networked information management system, running on a Windows platform and utilising 3 Citrix MetaFrame Application Servers to improve management software distribution, incorporates elements of their highly successful ICT solutions range, Fenwood:CD and the recently launched browser-based information management solution xdirectory.