Some libraries are still operating the same way they were 15 years ago and with massive advancements in technology, it seems the Library has found it difficult to move into the 21st Century
Oxford, UK (PRWEB UK) 29 February 2012
Speaking before the CILIP Showcase event in London on the 9th March, Stephen Daniels Marketing Manager for Softlink Europe claims this flexibility is exactly what Libraries are demanding from a Library Management System.
“We have been in constant communication with our customers and have been listening to the challenges they face. We have taken a lead identifying the changes necessary to help our customers adapt and thrive in this new austere climate.”
“Some libraries are still operating the same way they were 15 years ago and with massive advancements in technology, it seems the Library has found it difficult to move into the 21st Century” added Stephen.
One potential solution for libraries is to reduce their IT reliance and focus on delivering a library service to their users – this technological trend has been seen by other industries in the UK with the adoption of ‘Cloud computing’. This option could give Libraries greater freedom to expand the service they offer with options to deliver their service. Meaning “out of hours” management and use – helping users interact with their Library from anywhere there is an internet connection.
Softlink has been delivering leading hosting services since 2005, there has been a natural evolution to the SaaS approach and the launch of Liberty Cloud.
A world leading information technology research and advisory company highlight three main reasons organisations utilise a SaaS model – these are limited, resources, flexibility with payment and time for deployment, Softlink customers have seen the benefit in all three of these elements and this has been part of the drive in pushing forward the cloud option.
With capital expenditure limitations, SaaS gives the option of purchasing from your operational expenses, providing greater flexibility for payment. SaaS also offers quicker deployment so services can be setup quicker and value derived sooner, offering a more incremental setup.
Stephen finished, “Cloud computing opens up many opportunities for Libraries, with a key focus on saving short term budgets without harming their long term future. The Cloud solution can save libraries a huge sum of money with a lower cost in IT infrastructure and a reduction in upfront payments associated with installation and maintenance”.
With few library management providers offering a Cloud solution the onus is very much on the individual librarians to find the solutions that will help them to deliver a better overall service. The recent launch of Liberty Cloud, Softlink’s own cloud based Library Management System presents a new an option for those organisations struggling to justify the costs associated with a change in their systems.
About Softlink Europe
Softlink Europe is a leading provider of Library Management Systems to the Law, Colleges, Charities, Health, Finance and Academic Industries. Softlink’s world renowned systems including Oliver and Liberty have been helping Librarians for over 25 years to deliver innovative solutions to their customers. The recent launch of Liberty Cloud is at the forefront of the Library industry in helping libraries survive in the current economic climate.
About Liberty Cloud
Liberty Cloud provides cost-conscious libraries and consortia all the benefits of Softlink’s leading Library Management Solution without the installation, hardware or IT support required to maintain a library system.
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