A Corporate Library is a uniquely focused service that encompasses law libraries, medical libraries, museum libraries, news libraries, non-profit libraries, research libraries, information centres and knowledge centres.
This is our chosen market. We have invested decades in serving clients in this sector and we try hard to understand the pressures and the demands that are placed on managers and staff in this type of library.
Soutron has been created as a platform through which library management and knowledge services can be delivered to end users. The flexibility we bring is in direct response to the different needs that can be placed on a “special” library. The difference between Soutron and other library management systems is found at the point where a corporate library has to become a knowledge service. As Guy St Clair calls it “the nexus of knowledge services”. For a library to successfully serve a corporation it needs a set of tools that help it to deliver a knowledge strategy. We place ourselves, our software and our strategic alliances squarely in line to deliver an end to end service to put in place a Knowledge Services Platform. Beyond Library.
Soutron saves time through the provision of prepared searches; saved searches, catalogue alerts and the introduction of Collections – a new feature to help sharing of content.
Soutron has search accuracy and relevance ranking that you can customize to help minimise the time users have to spend. Our search functionality is undergoing a transformation to provide more flexibility in the presentation of materials. This includes faceted searching and improved presentation.
For clients seeking a solution to integrate with information from other suppliers and publishers, there is functionality to further accelerate efficiencies and simplify the management of electronic information in this area to offer end users an enhanced user experience incorporating more than just library data.
The management of loans for physical materials and self issue facilities are built into Soutron. New capabilities to harness electronic materials by liaising with publishers are now possible and this future is realizable with Soutron’s web technologies. Our control over downloads and electronic documents and tools to protect copyright are practical and simple to put into effect.
Usage statistics, and analysis of what is being searched for, are available to inform and help the library manager make decisions about the content and which users are taking advantage of services. This information is a by-product of the normal activity in the system. This can be analysed by each library that is set up on the system and can be broken down by department or practice area. Additional reporting needs are met by a complete audit trail in the system.
Any reports that you need can be presented as menu selections to be run at any time to deliver real time data. Our database stores all historical data to allow year on year comparisons and to report on trends. If you would rather, we can arrange to have reports sent to an email address at a specific time and day of the week/month/year. Our background task services save you having to remember to pull data from the system manually.
The flexibility of Soutron’s database means whether you want to load MARC records or use RDA structures or devise your own fields and templates, you are free to do so. Soutron is relational and can help you manage all types of data including images.
We take data migration very seriously. It is the most critical part of a change of system. Our data conversion and data cleansing is the best in the industry, carried out by people who have been doing it for years and have library qualifications and experience. Our unique combination of skills and experience can help you to assess your data and convert it in a meaningful way. The process is time consuming but it is a worthwhile exercise that results in a balanced system.
We guarantee 100% accuracy in conversion of all data handed over to us and to a timetable that we jointly agree.
The process involves three steps:
We have migrated clients from all major vendors including EOS, Sirsi, Softlink, Bailey Solutions, Heritage, Access, Excel, Inmagic and Adlib. Our assurance and risk free guarantee extends into the future so you can take your data with you whenever you wish. Our Application Program Interface makes it simple to integrate Soutron with other applications be it SharePoint, Accounting systems, Web Sites etc.
If you are thinking about how to transform your library services, talk to us. Involve us in your planning and discussions. Let us help you prepare your business case and bring it to management. We have experience, ideas, a network of contacts, great partners and truly flexible software ready to apply to your cause.