LibrariesWest Chooses BDS

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The consortium of seven libraries authorities, LibrariesWest, has chosen BDS for its data supply in a new seven year contract to last until 2023.

The deal marks a milestone in BDS’s dominance in library data supply for the UK. With the seven authorities of LibrariesWest signed up to BDS data, the company now supplies every local authority library service in the UK.

LibrariesWest is one of the UK’s leading public library consortia and is a partnership between Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset, The Borough of Poole, Dorset County Council and South Gloucestershire library services. The consortium covers over 140 libraries across the West Country, meaning that one library card can be used in any member library. The consortium is seen as an example of good practice where authorities work together to achieve significant economies of scale and deliver better services for customers.

“We chose BDS for the rich content and accuracy of its data and the flexibility of its application,” says Carol Gold, Manager, Bibliographic Services at Somerset Library Services, which leads on IT within the consortium. “Combined with a new contract with LMS supplier SirsiDynix, the more than 3 million items in our catalogue will find a new lease of life for our customers, supporting our strapline ‘Get more from your library’.”

“We are delighted to welcome LibrariesWest on board,” says Sarah Armitage, Director of Library Sales at BDS. “A seven-year contract represents a significant commitment to BDS. We look forward to a sustained working relationship that is sure to benefit LibrariesWest’s customers.”

“With this new deal with LibrariesWest, BDS supplies data to every local authority library in the UK which is a magnificent achievement reflecting favourably on our dedicated team of cataloguers and IT staff in Dumfries,” comments Lesley Whyte, MD at BDS. “Working alongside our partners in library supply and library systems suppliers, we have been able to design solutions for data delivery that meet diverse library requirements. Congratulations to everyone involved, and our thanks to LibrariesWest for making this latest contract such a special one for BDS.”

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