The London Borough of Lewisham becomes the 13th member of the London Libraries Consortium, bringing the number of residents in the consortium area to over 3 million. From March 2011 Lewisham’s 250,000 residents will be able to access the consortium’s shared library management system (LMS) from any internet-enabled computer, iPhone or via a library computer. The Borough is implementing the consortium’s LMS, Axiell’s OpenGalaxy, in just five months, so that its residents can gain access to over 5 million items held by consortium members as quickly as possible.
Antonio Rizzo, Service Manager, Lewisham Library & Information Service says, “Joining the consortium is one element in an array of measures we are taking to improve Lewisham Library Service. We also see active participation in the consortium as instrumental in developing Lewisham Libraries’ strategic management, back office organisation and helping to deliver substantial savings over and above those required by government cuts. Lewisham will also be able to share its knowledge and experience with other boroughs.”
Lewisham is a forward-looking library service which has been making improvements to its services over recent years with the introduction of RFID and wireless into many branches in 2010. Use of web services, eBooks and online access is fast increasing and residents will also now benefit from access to the consortium’s 2,000 eBook titles.
1. London Libraries Consortium members: Barking & Dagenham, Brent, Ealing, Enfield, Hackney, Havering, Lewisham; Newham, Redbridge, Richmond, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth.
2. The London Libraries Consortium can be contacted via Madeline Barratt, Libraries Strategy & Performance Manager, Enfield Libraries: Madeline.Barratt[.]enfield.gov.uk or 0208 379 3784.
3. Axiell axiell.co.uk