The innovative Smarter Systems Project for libararies has been a technical success for eLGAR (Libraries for a Greater Auckland Region) — the library organisation for greater Auckland which includes Auckland City, Manukau City, North Shore City, Rodney District and Waitakere City libraries.
The project aims to improve customer service and boost regional collaboration. One of the prime benefits has been the development of a shared bibliographic database of two million records of items owned by the five regional libraries. This database is also accessible to customers via a shared website.
Previously, the regional libraries used two different library management systems that did not support web-based services or the sharing of data. When these systems were due for renewal eLGAR decided migration to a common system was the only way to go if the libraries were to meet customer needs.
eLGAR chose the Millennium system, which was developed by San Francisco-based Innovative Interfaces. Millennium employs a client-server architecture that utilises a web-based computing model.
The project was delivered on time and under budget, and customer disruption was limited to just half a day.