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Revamp of Dail's library to cost €290k

THE Government has spent €290,000 on a new management system for its parliamentary library.

The management system will provide Oireachtas members and other users with desktop access to the Library and Research Service (LSR) collections.

A new system was needed because the previous one was too old, a spokesperson for the House of the Oireachtas said.

The system, which was installed last year, is "central to the efficient management of the complete range of LRS collections", he added.

The library's collection includes over 200,000 print items with over 100,000 digital files in the digital archive -- in the form of books, journals, newspapers, official publications and reports.

"Prior to the implementation of the new system. the LRS was using a library management system which had been installed in 1995."

"This system was nearing obsolescence, it was based on a more limited ICT architecture and it did not interact with more modern systems. The catalogue information was out of date."

Senators and TDs may borrow items from the library for 12 weeks, while their staff and staff of the Houses of the Oireachtas Service may borrow items for four weeks.

But taxpayers will now also be able to avail of some of the titles in the parliamentary library, depending on user access rights for certain titles.

The collections date from the early 17th Century, and the earliest book is Newse From Lough Foyle In Ireland, which was printed in 1608.



Historical

Some of the older titles in the library are of great historical and social significance. Some of the material is from Dublin Castle, which was transferred to Leinster House following independence.

The library management system will provide a more "efficient" library service to the Oireachtas members, according to the spokesperson.

It includes a number of modules to manage standard library functions such as purchasing, cataloguing, searching and lending.

The tender notice for the system said: "The LMS will integrate with products and services such as federated search engines, link resolvers and collection A-Z type services to enhance the user experience and enable efficient and speedy resource discovery."


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