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Thursday, May 18

  1. page National Catalogue edited ... Shared national digital platform for public libraries in England This initiative was taken up…
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    Shared national digital platform for public libraries in England
    This initiative was taken up by the Public Libraries Task Force and forms an action point in their report "Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016 to 2021", DCMS December 2016
    ItThe Libraries Taskforce’s role is action point 20to provide leadership and help to reinvigorate the public library sector in England, as well as showcasing and promoting the Task Force action planexcellent work already happening in libraries across the country. We were asked by Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Local Government Association (LGA) to develop this vision for the future of public libraries in England
    "Supporting the
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    of libraries." is action point 20 in the Task Force action plan
    "Explore the
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    and then identifywaysidentify ways to develop,
    Unified Digital Platform for All Libraries in England
    Press Release 6 February 2015
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    {National _Catalogue_CILIP_Gazette_Sep2010.pdf}
    In the (last Labour) government’s (DCMS) policy statement on public libraries a ‘national catalogue’ was listed as one of the objectives that could be achieved through the mechanism of a ‘strategic body ‘if money becomes available’
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    the library shelf.shelf
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  2. page National Catalogue edited National (digital) infrastructure and national catalogue Developments Shared national digital pl…
    National (digital) infrastructure and national catalogue
    Developments
    Shared national digital platform for public libraries in England
    This initiative was taken up by the Public Libraries Task Force and forms an action point in their report "Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016 to 2021", DCMS December 2016
    It is action point 20 in the Task Force action plan
    "Supporting the development of the digital offer of libraries."
    "Explore the feasibility of a shared national digital platform for public libraries in England (Single Library Digital Presence) and then identifyways to develop, operate and fund it"

    Unified Digital Platform for All Libraries in England
    Press Release 6 February 2015
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Sunday, May 14

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Monday, May 8

  1. page E-Books edited ... Ebooks in UK public libraries By Helen Leach. Surrey Public Library service and Shelffree 2013…
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    Ebooks in UK public libraries By Helen Leach. Surrey Public Library service and Shelffree 2013
    A Presentation about the current situation (November 2013) regarding ebooks and e-lending in UK public libraries.
    Survey of access to e-book
    Sign up for e-resources - 2016-2017 Assessment.[England only] Socitm better connected December 2016
    From the webiste:
    "Why important
    Access to library services is a highly popular part of council websites that accounts for around 8% of visits according to Socitm data. The provision of e-books and other digitally accessible resources will be opening council library facilities to new audiences, including those unable, or disinclined, to visit the library in person. The facility to access e-magazines free of charge, including downloading latest issues to a smart phone, shows library services to be taking advantage of new services made possible by the latest technologies. Making these services easy to use will be critical if the opportunity to gain a whole new segment of library users is to be realised.
    Overview
    45% of sites achieved three or four stars for this task, compared with the 74% of county council library sites that achieved this level with the more straightforward Renew library book task in in 2015-16. Clearly, there are challenges in presenting this still relatively new area of activity, a lot of them associated with reliance on content provided by third party providers. When we tested Find out how to borrow e-books in 2015, on a mobile device, 52% of county councils passed the test (equivalent to 3 or 4 stars), but with a different and perhaps less challenging question set. Staffordshire and East Sussex were the only counties to carry forward their four star performance in 2015-16, to this year’s library task."

    The Ebook lending pilots
    (see also the Library ebook lending -the debate section below)
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    Lending e-readers (devices)
    Some US) public libraries lend e-book reader devices. eg see:
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    library (USA)
    The following information was provided in a post to the LIs-Pub-Libs discussion list on 11 November 2015. There are some minor edits to the original post. The question posted on the list was:
    "We're currently looking into offering our Home Library Service users the option to borrow eReaders/Tablets and were wondering if anyone else had done this and if so what the outcomes had been? Was it popular? Did you offer a selection of devices or just one? Did you go with eReaders or tablets? Did you pre-load the books on to the devices or not? Did you offer anything else alongside the device? E.g. a basic IT Course? What was your policy on loaning the devices? Did you have a procedure for dealing with"
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    This is not something we've actually done, ..However, we have had some general discussions about the idea, and I seem to recall that one of the obstacles to an efficient service was that the terms of use in the contract for our ebook service (Overdrive) was that books had to be loaned against an individual borrower ticket, and couldn't then be loaned to another borrower without checking them back in first.This doesn't of course preclude preloading of titles onto a device, but it does mean that the account has to be completely cleared from the device and then a new account loaded up between each loan, all of which add to the time taken to process the loans (ie it becomes a more expensive service).
    I also seem to recall that it is not easy to get a borrower history of loans to each individual borrower, so it's tricky to make sure you don't preload with something they have already read (unless you do the download at the customers' home - wifi access permitting).
    South Lanarkshire:
    I haven't been involved in the e-reader lending for a while, we gave up on it. Preloading could work and we may go back down this road. The problem we had was with Adobe Digital Editions, Adobe limit the number of registrations linked to each device and you can't clear and start again - this creates a problem if you are going to lend the device and allow the borrowers to upload their own choice of books. I think the limit is 6 registrations so 6 borrowers.....per device. The alternative is to set the devices up using the library PC and either preload by genre or whatever or ask the customer to select titles which staff preload before the device is issued.
    Surrey:
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Saturday, April 8

  1. page Procurements edited ... The contract will be for 5 years with the option to extend for 2 years subject to satisfactory…
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    The contract will be for 5 years with the option to extend for 2 years subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.
    Procurements in process
    Oxfordshire
    Oxfordshire County Council. Libraries Management System
    From the tender notice (April 2017)
    "The intention is for the Council to award a 5.5 year contract to commence 18.9.2017, with the option for a maximum extension in aggregate of 3 years with each extension to be a minimum of at least 1 year. Estimated value range between 480,000and 600,000
    "The Council seeks a replacement Libraries Management System (LMS) which incorporates the following attributes:
    The new LMS will underpin all aspects of the book lending and Audio/Visual (AV) hire service: from ordering, receipting and invoicing, through cataloguing and stock management, to all aspects of the lending operation, including financial transactions.
    The LMS will offer a public-facing mobile and web interface for customers to join the library, view the catalogue and reserve and renew items in their accounts.
    The LMS will need to interface with Bibliotheca's SmartServe kiosks and their Open+™ solution, the Solus app and provide authentication for eBook and eAudio services. It will also need to provide data extracts for Collection HQ.
    The LMS must provide an interface to a booking system for Public Access PCs and a hosted central printing service.
    The system must have the capability to offer different levels of access for users, and interface with the Council's systems.
    The LMS is expected to be hosted by the successful supplier."
    From a prior notice
    Market testing- Market awareness day
    10:00 Monday 7.11.2016 at County Hall New Road Oxford OX1 1ND
    "The aim of the day is to inform suppliers of the opportunity to tender for a Library Management System (LMS) to replace the existing Service which is provided through Axiell and uses their OpenGalaxy product.
    The existing LMS contract expires in March 2018 and the Council is seeking to establish a more detailed understanding of current LMS offerings from suppliers and the potential route to market for such a service. (e.g. open procedure, direct award, part of a consortium, etc.)
    This early notification will help shape a formal procurement which is targeted to be undertaken in 2017 and conclude in sufficient time to enable a successful transition to the new LMS in advance of the of current contract's expiry date."

    Libraries North West (Stockport, Manchester etc )
    Unstaffed libraries technology "Open Libraries"
    Soft market testing for libraries in the North West. March 2017
    "Stockport Council on behalf of libraries in the North West is considering options for an open library technology system by means of this soft market testing exercise. We want to hear from any suppliers that could provide this service for North West authorities. Stockport is intending to install open library technology in five libraries initially but with the intention of rolling it out to others in the future. Manchester Libraries are looking to install the system in three libraries during 2017. Most of the other North West authorities are also considering the technology."
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    From the invitation to tender March 2017
    "LCC is keen to explore all options or solutions that are currently available in the market, for a Library Management Systems (LMS) for the Council’s Neighbourhood Services Team. LCC at present are not fully aware of what strategic options currently exist in the market as options to them thus, even though the business requirements are known, the responses to this Soft Market Test will enable LCC to re- evaluate their current situation and determine the specification and implications for the relevant service provision.
    Oxfordshire
    Market testing- Market awareness day
    10:00 Monday 7.11.2016 at County Hall New Road Oxford OX1 1ND
    "The aim of the day is to inform suppliers of the opportunity to tender for a Library Management System (LMS) to replace the existing Service which is provided through Axiell and uses their OpenGalaxy product.
    The existing LMS contract expires in March 2018 and the Council is seeking to establish a more detailed understanding of current LMS offerings from suppliers and the potential route to market for such a service. (e.g. open procedure, direct award, part of a consortium, etc.)
    This early notification will help shape a formal procurement which is targeted to be undertaken in 2017 and conclude in sufficient time to enable a successful transition to the new LMS in advance of the of current contract's expiry date."

    Newcastle City Libraries
    (Current LMS Vendor or is Axiell)
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Friday, March 24

  1. page Procurements edited ... The contract will be for 5 years with the option to extend for 2 years subject to satisfactory…
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    The contract will be for 5 years with the option to extend for 2 years subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.
    Procurements in process
    Libraries North West (Stockport, Manchester etc )
    Soft market testing for libraries in the North West. March 2017
    "Stockport Council on behalf of libraries in the North West is considering options for an open library technology system by means of this soft market testing exercise. We want to hear from any suppliers that could provide this service for North West authorities. Stockport is intending to install open library technology in five libraries initially but with the intention of rolling it out to others in the future. Manchester Libraries are looking to install the system in three libraries during 2017. Most of the other North West authorities are also considering the technology."
    Leicestershire
    Soft Market Test Library Management System Leicester City Council
    From the invitation to tender March 2017
    "LCC is keen to explore all options or solutions that are currently available in the market, for a Library Management Systems (LMS) for the Council’s Neighbourhood Services Team. LCC at present are not fully aware of what strategic options currently exist in the market as options to them thus, even though the business requirements are known, the responses to this Soft Market Test will enable LCC to re- evaluate their current situation and determine the specification and implications for the relevant service provision.

    Oxfordshire
    Market testing- Market awareness day
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    The contract will be for 5 years with the option to extend for 2 years subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.
    Procurements in process
    Oxfordshire
    Market testing- Market awareness day
    10:00 Monday 7.11.2016 at County Hall New Road Oxford OX1 1ND
    "The aim of the day is to inform suppliers of the opportunity to tender for a Library Management System (LMS) to replace the existing Service which is provided through Axiell and uses their OpenGalaxy product.
    The existing LMS contract expires in March 2018 and the Council is seeking to establish a more detailed understanding of current LMS offerings from suppliers and the potential route to market for such a service. (e.g. open procedure, direct award, part of a consortium, etc.)
    This early notification will help shape a formal procurement which is targeted to be undertaken in 2017 and conclude in sufficient time to enable a successful transition to the new LMS in advance of the of current contract's expiry date."

    Newcastle City Libraries
    (Current LMS Vendor or is Axiell)
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Monday, February 27

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    "London Libraries Consortium Development Project, including the procurement of a new Library Management System.The LLC now wants to take a more proactive role in shaping the delivery of forward lookingand innovative library services in London. Key to that ambition is the procurement ofa new Library Management System (LMS) that can meet the current and futureneeds of the partner local authorities. Havering Council, as lead authority for the LMS contract, wishes to appoint a consultant to help the LLC reach its ambitions and to procure new library management technology. This is a high profile piece of work that is expected to involve at least 12 local authorities across London (and beyond); which will need to be completed, including full implementation of the new LMS in all the partner authorities, by April 2018.
    The implementation phase will require the consultant to implement the new LMS system,working alongside technical staff employed in each of the member boroughs. The consultant will also be expected to work collaboratively with lead officers for library services from each of the local authorities in the LLC who have confirmed that they wish to be involved in the procurement process. The consultant will be expected to work closely with the Chair of the LLC and other LLC members to promote and develop the organisation, extend its leadership role in London (and beyond) and encourage new members to join the LLC.
    Awards (more detail)
    Gateshead Libraries
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    vendor is Capita)Capita). Selected Capita February 2017
    Award notice
    Value: £98,964 GBP 3 year contract

    From the invitation to tender notice
    Gateshead Council require a fit for purpose replacement for its existing Library Management System. The replacement system must be live by the time the current contract expires on 30.9.2017. Gateshead Council's library service consists of 11 ‘core’ Council libraries, a mobile library, 5 libraries run by volunteer associations, and a readers at home service provided by RVS, for Gateshead residents unable to access a local library. In addition we have a thriving offer for children and young people, and a popular events programme including a good range of author visits, which over 60 000 people attend each year. Our online service is well established and we currently issue around 10 000 e-books and e-audio books each year.
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    SELMS (Consortium)
    (Current Vendor is Civica)
    Did not do a formal procurement proce-stayed with Civica
    Supplier engagement day notice
    From the notice: 16 September 2015
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    The Supplier Engagement Days will be held on 15.10.2015, 20.10.2015, and 22.10.2015 at The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's Council Offices.
    The information gathered at the Supplier Days will be used to assist in selecting a procurement route to market.
    Awards (more detail)
    Scottish Consortium of Public Libraries (SCoPL)
    Angus
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    Capita
    Alto/Prism
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    Upgrade (after EEC tender) February 2017
    Stayed with Capita 2017

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    Yes
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