Monday, 18 December 2017 11:04

Civica secures contract with WA councils consortium

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A consortium of Western Australian councils in the State’s Great Southern region has chosen a web-based integrated Library Management Solution from software applications and digital solutions provider Civica to transforms their libraries into digital community spaces.

The nine councils will implement Civica’s Spydus10 LMS to replace the current LMS so that anyone can access, explore, share and create digital content.

Spydus10 will replace the current LMS at each of the eight joining libraries in the consortium and streamline their operations while offering increased benefits to their customers.

The consortium headed by the City of Albany consists of libraries from the Shires of Broomehill-Tambellup, Cranbrook, Denmark, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Katanning, Kojunup, and Plantagenet.

The new LMS is designed to also offer increased flexibility to library staff, who will be able to access information anytime, anywhere and from a variety of devices.

Paul Nielsen, Manager Precinct, City of Albany said: “We hope to achieve our vision of creating physical and virtual community hubs with Spydus10 beyond the City of Albany into our regional council partners”.

“We believe that Spydus10 will help to preserve our social and documentary heritage for current and future generations. With Spydus deployed across the consortium, we will be able to share knowledge and resources across libraries, thereby deepening our partnerships with other councils and the wider community.”

Simon Jones, Managing Director for Civica Library & Education Solutions said that over the past few years Civica has been working with its consortia customers to understand how they can grow their own memberships.

“In addition to growth in the Albany region, we have seen great results with the Western Suburbs consortia in Western Australia and additional libraries added to the South East Library Management Service (SELMS) and the SMART Library service in New Zealand.

“The library team at the City of Albany have demonstrated that collaboration and sharing of knowledge is an important part of what libraries do, and we are pleased to be able to work together to make this service a reality.

“We are delighted to be a partner of choice in this transformation that will result in added flexibility for library officers and customers, cost efficiencies, and increased community partnership.”

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