The University has a requirement for a student-focused Library Management System (LMS) which allows for effective Management of Electronic Resources alongside the other traditional LMS modules (Circulation; Inter-Library Loans; Acquisitions; Stock-Management; Cataloguing; Management Information). In doing so, we are looking to secure the benefits of a single integrating supplier, with one helpdesk for all support calls, so that the benefits of good data and process integration can be realised. A crucial function is one, effective Discovery interface for both physical and electronic resources, with a single authentication point, for resource discovery so that we can exploit e-resources, and in particular e-resource subscriptions, competitively and with a focus on student satisfaction.
In addition, we are seeking a state of the art architectural solution which will provide excellent support as well as a lower total-cost of ownership.
The Universitys preference is for hosting of the system in the cloud. The system must interface with other existing software applications in use at the University (primarily Agresso Business World, Agresso QL Student Records System and the Midland HR System). The LMS will be expected to integrate with these other locally hosted and cloud hosted applications and will be able to operate within the Universitys information technology and data networking infrastructure.
The University expects to select a supplier by June 2013 and to complete implementation by August 2014. The system must provide acceptable response times for up to 30 concurrent staff users and appropriate concurrent OPAC users, bearing in mind that the University currently has around 9 000 students registered.
Currently our business systems authenticate against our Active Directory and are deployed centrally through Remote Desktop Services technology, hosted on Microsoft server 2008 application servers with a SQL 2008 database back end. We use multiple technologies to ensure high availability dependant on the specific system and its capabilities. We also employ SOA type integrations between our business systems for dataflow and automation purposes.
The University closely mirrors the Microsoft product road map and migrates at the earliest opportunity to latest versions and technologies. The selected systems vendors will be expected to indicate how, in this architecture, they will host their solution either on site at the University or in the cloud, supporting it in a high availability configuration via their products roadmap.
The key business drivers for this requirement are:
— emphasis on e-resources,
— emphasis on one discovery tool,
— modernising back office functions and processes,
— increased opportunities for integration,
— lower cost of ownership.
University of Roehampton
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Published: 11 Dec 2012, Receipt by: 7 Jan 2013
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