A shared library management system providing 24-hour integrated access to South Australia’s public library resources has been rolled out across the State. The One Card Network is the result of a partnership between US-based library management technology provider SirsiDynix, SA Councils, the Local Government Association, and the State Government, and is expected to generate $700,000 in savings over four years.
The new system will allow users to access all participating library services using a single card and online system, be able to hold and borrow items from all libraries, and have 24-hour 7-day access to a single state-wide library catalogue through web, mobile and on-site devices.
“The success and size of our new library network has gained the attention of those who would like to emulate our approach in other places of the world,” said Chairman of the Libraries Board of South Australia, James Bruce.
The total purchase, project management and operational costs of the system are approximately $8.4 million over four years, costing $3.5 million below original business case estimates. The implementation of the system is expected to generate around $700,000 in savings over four years by eliminating the need for separate systems owned and operated by individual libraries.
However, following the rollout of state-wide library materials sharing, courier costs have increased by approximately $0.5 million per annum, although these costs are expected to stabilise and fall over time, according to a project summary.
The scope of the system includes over 3.8 million library items and around 50 per cent of South Australians, who are reported to be library members.
The project began in May 2012.
Additionally, a new web-based e-procurement module is expected to be implemented in 2016, and a shared cross-council payment system is currently under development.