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Executive Leadership

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Dave Errington
Chief Executive Officer
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Alison Spencer
Chief Operating Officer
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Tom Hawkins
Chief Financial Officer
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Chris Clarke
Chief Technology Officer
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Justin Leavesley
Chief Strategy Officer
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Jeremy Baines
Chief Experience Officer

Company Ownership

Talis Education Limited is owned by SAGE Publications

Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and Acquisitions for Talis

Documents or articles featuring Talis

Breeding, Marshall. SAGE Publishing Expands Its Tech Offerings. October 2018. Smart Libraries Newsletter. There has been a strong trend in recent years for publishers to become involved with technologies supporting the broader scholarly communications process. SAGE Publishing has likewise joined this trend. Throughout its business history, SAGE Publishing has consistently expanded its portfolio of publications and its international involvement, both through launching new publications and through acquisitions. The company has increasingly been involved in open access publications. This year, SAGE has also ventured in to the technology arena, through the acquisitions of Talis and Lean Library and with the launch of the Advance preprint archiving service.

Breeding, Marshall. Talis exits the library automation industry to focus on the Semantic Web. March 4, 2011. Library Technology Guides. In a move that allows Talis to concentrate on its growing semantic web business which has been its strategic focus in recent years, the company has divested its library automation unit to Capita Group, a large UK-based outsourcing company. Talis Information Limited, a business unit of Talis Group has been acquired by Capita Group, in a transaction valued at about $32 million dollars that closed on March 3, 2011. Capita Group ranks as one of the largest UK companies specializing in business process outsourcing and professional services.

. Talis launches Education Division focusing on Learning Technology. June 29, 2009. . With a vision to connect faculties, students and educators together, Talis has formed a new Education Division that will create joined up learning environments and provide seamless access to education resources and pedagogical expertise.

. BLCMP announces new company, Talis Information Ltd. November 1, 1998. . BLCMP members have overwhelmingly approved plans to adopt a profit making trading model with effect from April 1999. A new company, Talis Information Ltd, has been registered, and will carry out all of BLCMP's trading from that date.

. New Directors at BLCMP. June 1, 1996. . Two new directors have been appointed to the BLCMP Board; Grace Kempster and Peter Wright.

. BLCMP launches Talis. June 01, 1992. . BLCMP's new integrated library system, Talis, was launched at the Library Resources Exhibition. It is an entirely new design conceived according to open systems principles and operating on UNIX platform. Talis is based on the Sybase relational database software.

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News Announcements

April 14, 2021. Delft University of Technology becomes the first university in The Netherlands to adopt Talis Aspire. Delft University of Technology has adopted Talis Aspire in order to better support the student experience and drive efficiencies within the library. They will be making use of online reading list management along with Talis Aspire's Management Information (MI) Dashboards, in order to gain better insight into list coverage and usage analytics.

September 28, 2020. The University of Sussex adopts Talis Elevate to build community within their Foundation Year Programme. The University of Sussex has purchased Talis Elevate for the Foundation Year programme in order to grow the online learning community and to deepen student engagement with their academic study.

July 14, 2020. Talis partners with Perlego to offer a unique solution to eTextbook provision. Perlego, a new ebook and etextbook subscription service, has partnered with Talis to enable unlimited access to online resources for students on over 230,000 courses.

June 18, 2020. University of Tasmania adopts Talis Aspire. The University of Tasmania in Australia has adopted Talis Aspire. Reading lists and copyright clearance will be implemented with Talis Aspire to improve the student experience and encourage more engagement with collections. Enhanced analytics capabilities will be utilised with the Talis Aspire Advanced Management Information System to provide a deeper insight into learner analytics.

February 11, 2020. Okanagan College adopts Talis Aspire as it launches in Canada. Following the recent launch of Talis in Canada, Okanagan College has adopted Talis Aspire, in order to improve the integration of learning materials into its courses. Their main aim is to improve the student and faculty experience by creating easier access to resources and to give the library a better insight into resource usage. Talis will work closely with Okanagan College to support their individual needs, as well as those of the wider Canadian Higher Education market, along with other Canadian institutions.

February 11, 2020. Talis Aspire launches in Canada with the University of Alberta. The University of Alberta has adopted Talis Aspire, becoming the first university in Canada to do so, officially marking the availability of Talis Aspire in Canada. They have chosen to implement Talis Aspire with student experience in mind, to improve access to resources. Talis will be working closely with the University of Alberta to address their needs, and those of the wider Canadian market, whilst providing all of the benefits of the resource list solution used by over 100 institutions across the world.

January 22, 2019. New to Talis Aspire: Askews & Holts enhanced acquisitions supplier integration. Following feedback on ways we could make your Talis Aspire experience more efficient, we have developed an integration with Askews & Holts, which allows deeper integration with their book supplier information. This integration will enable library practitioners to make acquisitions decisions quickly, accurately and efficiently by providing price and availability information from Askews & Holts directly in Talis Aspire Reviews. There is no need to leave Talis Aspire to check current ebook holdings and pricing for all formats, and the link allows the university to directly add the item to your order, saving time with a more streamlined workflow.

December 10, 2018. Regent’s University of London selects Talis Aspire to manage reading lists to improve student experience. Regent’s University London has selected Talis Aspire to manage the university’s reading lists. After winning an award for Customer Service Excellence in 2017, the university was keen to maintain focus on student experience, ensuring the smoothest possible process for students when accessing resources.

November 22, 2018. Ravensbourne University selects Talis Aspire to establish library workflows. Ravensbourne University have selected Talis Aspire to manage both reading lists and copyright management. Having been awarded university status earlier this year, Ravensbourne University were keen to establish clear library workflows from early on and improve engagement with academics across the university. In doing so, they aim to improve wider student experience through access to resources.

September 24, 2018. University of the Highlands and Islands selects Talis Aspire. Following a tender process, the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) have selected Talis Aspire to manage their online reading lists. As UHI is comprised of 13 independent colleges and research institutions, the need for a reliable online delivery of resources is key to students and academics.

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Corporate Chronology

Aug 2018 SAGE Publishing acquires Talis Group Ltd
Talis has been acquired by SAGE Publishing, a leading global and independent academic publisher. SAGE Publishing will provide Talis with the opportunity to expand into new markets whilst maintaining their existing relationships with customers and partners. Talis will continue to be run as a separate business by its existing management as a SAGE company from its offices in Birmingham UK.

Mar 04, 2011 Talis acquired by Capita Group
Capita Group acquired Talis Information Limited for a consideration, on a cash-free, debt-free basis of £18.5 million, plus up to a further £2.5 million depending on TIL's profit performance in the year to 31 March 2012. Talis made an operating profit of £3.5 million on turnover of £7 million for the year ended March 31, 2010.

2009 Talis Education Division created

2006 Development of Talis Semantic Platform begins

Apr 01, 1999 BLCMP becomes Talis Information Ltd.
The owners of not-for-profit BLCMP voted to become a for-profit company effective April 1999. A new company, Talis Information Ltd., will continue the business activities of BLCMP's.

1977 BLCMP becomes a private company
Becomes BLCMP (Library Services) Ltd, a fully independent and registered company, wholly owned by the share holding libraries.

Annual Accomplishments Statements

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2010 Talis Accomplishments Narrative

The three main achievements in 2010 for Talis are enhancements to our next generation OPAC (Talis Prism 3), our ILS (Talis Alto) and our integration product (Talis Keystone).

Delivered as Software as a Service, our next generation catalog, Talis Prism 3, has gone from strength to strength. Over 40% of our customers have already upgraded, leading to improved resource discovery experience for their patrons. The main area of improvement has been moving from a field based record representation to linked data model. There have also been several new features added, including:

  • Catalog enrichments: Customers can now choose the data supplier that best meets their requirements
  • Customized extensions: We have created an open source project that enables extensions to be added to the OPAC. Extensions that have already been created by the community include: Google Maps, author videos, QR codes and social networking “like” functionality.
  • Customized design: customers are able to deliver a more consistent user experience for patrons by styling their OPAC to match their corporate brand.

Furthermore, as Talis Prism is a cloud based product this means a reduction to the total cost of ownership for Talis customers as separate servers are no longer required to run the OPAC.

Our ILS, Talis Alto, had a major upgrade to the underlying database and operating system in late 2009. We have worked hard with customers to upgrade them so they can benefit from these enhancements. In just a year, over 75% customers have upgraded and we expect to complete the remaining ones in early 2011.

We have also added authority control functionality into Talis Alto which is now an integral part of the application. This has streamlined the workflow for cataloguers as they can now add authority control data to records, without having to reference a separate thesaurus. As the data is now easier to keep consistent, it improves searching for users and has been integrated into the bibliographic database, Talis Base.

Throughout 2010 we have seen the continued growth in the requirement to integrate and interoperate between disparate systems. To meet this need, we have continued to develop our integration product, Talis Keystone, to enable the ILS to interoperate with corporate systems such as CRM systems (such as Oracle) and central finance systems (such as SAP). New functionality has also been added to Talis Keystone to automatically integrate library processes (such as electronic borrower joining and electronic ILL requests) with the ILS, eliminating the need to manually re-key information into the system, and ensuring that patron requests are actioned more quickly.

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