Two of Victoria’s largest metropolitan libraries, Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation (ERLC) and Yarra Plenty Regional Libraries (YPRL) have signed a five year deal with Civica for the provision of digital library services.

Each library will implement Civica’s cloud-optimised Spydus Library Management System (LMS) to improve the digital infrastructure that supports the delivery of vital services to their local communities – including book and e-resources lending, events, community classes, exhibitions, research services, and meeting facilities.

The depth of the platform, ease of use, Civica’s roadmap helped drive the decision.

With combined loans of close to nine million items per year, both YPRL and ERLC were looking to a technology provider that would support the creation of informed, connected, and empowered communities.

Jane Cowell, CEO of YPRL

“YPRL was looking for a Library Management System to take us into an integrated future, providing us with the tools to deliver more for our communities and with a planned roadmap for increased functionality. Civica, through its Spydus product, demonstrated this commitment and functionality, always with the user experience at the forefront of their design” says Jane Cowell, CEO of YPRL.

Joseph Cullen, CEO of ERLC, says, “To say we are delighted and excited would be an understatement.

“To form a long-term partnership with Civica gives us ongoing access to a modern and highly responsive library management system. Libraries are no longer just about physical items, and Spydus opens up many opportunities in relation to our use of third-party products via a full API interface that provides a platform for library innovation.

“Spydus will give ERLC up to date data through Yellowfin BI to better plan our 24/7 service delivery.

“The partnership with Civica will also allow us to access to other innovative and exciting business products, such as staff rostering, in the future”.

“In a very competitive library environment, we’re thrilled to have the teams at YPRL and ERLC join the Spydus community” Iain Finlayson, Managing Director, Libraries and Education at Civica says.

“COVID-19 has shown us that it’s essential for libraries to have strong technological platforms that continue delivering important services to their communities when physical branches are closed. As large and innovative library services, the involvement of YPRL and ERLC in the Spydus community will also bring fresh ideas and new perspectives to the Spydus User Network, which I am sure will be welcomed.”

Spydus, an Australian designed and developed System is already in popular use by approximately 90 metropolitan and regional public libraries across Australia and New Zealand. The solution is also implemented by libraries around the world, including in the UK, US, and Singapore.

Additional key features of Spydus include integrated archive and event management, a discovery Online Public Access Catalogue website including reader recommendations, e-content integration for a single point of discovery, mobile applications, business analytics, and a full API set that provides a platform for library innovation.

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