Four New Zealand university libraries are banding together to pick out a heavy-duty information and resource management system.
The four tertiary institutes have gotten together under the consortium name Conzulsys and are inviting expressions of interest from providers to host the service.
Duncan McDonald, principal of Hexad Consulting, which is fielding initial expressions of interest in the project, says the four don’t want to be identified at this stage.
According to Hexad’s summary notice, the system, known by its initials as an Irams, will need to store at least six million “bibliographic and holdings records”, and be able to cater for unlimited online public access to catalogues and up to 500 staff using it concurrently.
Microsoft may not be considered. “International software vendors have indicated that the Irams should run on a midrange scalable Unix environment.”
Hexad says it is likely that other tertiary institutes will join Conzulsys as the project goes further down the track.
The initial expressions of interest closed yesterday, with request for proposal documents going out in the middle of the month to respondents considered suitable.