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UnityUK signs up nine libraries across Scotland shimAdd News65 to Scrapbook

Press release: 13th April 2006

UnityUK, the next generation resource sharing and interlibrary loan service from The Combined Regions (TCR), has signed nine new sales among libraries in Scotland. Scottish public library authorities who have signed up for UnityUK include Falkirk, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Angus, Dumfries and Galloway, West Lothian and South Lanarkshire. They are joined by Edinburgh Telford College and the National Library of Scotland.

In order to meet the demand for the new service in Scotland, one training course has already taken place at the National Library of Scotland with another taking place in Falkirk on the 19th April. Training is provided as part of the UnityUK subscription and there are still a few places available for the Falkirk training day. You can book online through the TCR website.

Already more than 25% of the TCR library authority partners around the UK have signed up for the UnityUK service. The first three library authorities went live with UnityUK on the 3rd April, just six weeks after the announcement of the launch of the news service. 8 more sites have undergone training so far during April, in preparation for their migration to the new service.

UnityUK is the latest generation of the established Unity service. UnityUK will, for the first time, deliver a national network for resource sharing for the UK as it brings together the union catalogues of The Combined Regions and LinkUK. The new service uses the latest resource sharing technology from world leaders OCLC PICA (incorporating FDI) who also host and manage the new service.

UnityUK goes live in the first library authorities shimAdd News63 to Scrapbook

Press release: 6th April 2006

UnityUK, the next generation resource sharing and interlibrary loan service from The Combined Regions (TCR), has gone live in the first three library authorities to move onto the new system. This represents the first phase of libraries to migrate to UnityUK and comes just six weeks after the announcement of the launch of the new service.

Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Oxfordshire have moved over to UnityUK and are now using the service to search multiple library authority catalogues, to identify the location of resources they want and to manage interlibrary loan and resource sharing services for their customers.

Already a significant number of TCR library authority partners have signed up for UnityUK. These authorities will receive training and then be migrated to the new system in a series of phases over the coming months.

The three authorities going live in phase one will be using the first release of UnityUK. This release incorporates some 2.5 million holdings records from seven library authorities loaded against the bibliographic records within the LinkUK database. Holdings information from more libraries authorities will be incorporated into UnityUK during April, in readiness for the existing UnityWeb data load which is due to start in May 2006.

Martin Molloy, OBE, strategic director, cultural and community services, Derbyshire County Council, comments, "For many years Derbyshire County Council has used the Unity service for locating resources from outside our own stock. As a long standing user, we were very excited about the new features that UnityUK will bring to our staff and users. New features such as the improved integration with our library management system, access to a wider collection of catalogues and improved real time holdings details will enable us to provide a more efficient service to our users. It is also rewarding to know that we will be one of the first participants in the first national network for resource sharing."

A programme of training days, for new subscribers to the service, has been announced. Events are taking place around the UK and a full list of the dates and venues can be found on the new website for The Combined Regions, www.thecombinedregions.com. Training is provided as part of the UnityUK subscription and it is easy to book using the online registration service.

UnityUK is the latest generation of the established Unity service. UnityUK will, for the first time, deliver a national network for resource sharing for the UK as it brings together the union catalogues of The Combined Regions and LinkUK. The new service uses the latest resource sharing technology from world leaders OCLC PICA (incorporating FDI) who also host and manage the new service.

The Combined Regions announces UnityUK: the name for its new generation resource sharing and interlibrary loan service shimAdd News58 to Scrapbook

Press release: 21st March 2006

The Combined Regions (TCR) has announced that UnityUK will be the name for its next generation resource sharing and interlibrary loan service. UnityUK is the latest generation of the established Unity service. UnityUK will, for the first time, deliver a national network for resource sharing for the UK as it brings together the union catalogues of TCR and LinkUK. The new service uses the latest resource sharing technology from world leaders OCLC PICA (incorporating FDI) who also host and manage the new service.

Rob Froud, county librarian, Somerset, and chair of TCR announced the UnityUK name at the Forum for Interlending day held at BLDSC on 17th March 2006, where he gave a presentation on the future of union catalogues.

At the BLDSC Rob commented, "We chose the name UnityUK as it builds on the established tradition of the Unity service and incorporates the exciting prospect of delivering national coverage through a single service. The TCR Board is delighted with the progress that the new service has made in just one month since it was announced. Our partner libraries are very excited about the functions that the new service will offer and the ease of use of the new interface."

Early adopter partners will take delivery of the service, on schedule, from the 1st April 2006, following a series of training sessions at the end of March. The full service is due to be available from mid May and the project is on target to deliver on time.

More than 300 librarians have already registered to see a demonstration of the new service at the series of UnityUK roadshows taking place around the UK during March and April. A full list of UnityUK events can be found on the new website for TCR, http://combinedregions.com. Places are free and it is easy to book using the online registration service.

UnityUK will be on show at the Library and Information Show on the 26th and 27th April 2006, at the Pavilion, NEC, Birmingham. Visit stand 407 to see UnityUK in action.

New generation of UnityWeb for state of the art resource sharing and ILL shimAdd News59 to Scrapbook

Press release: 15th February 2006

The Combined Region’s resource sharing and interlibrary loan service, UnityWeb, has entrusted the next phase of its development to OCLC PICA, incorporating Fretwell-Downing Informatics (FDI). FDI was acquired by OCLC PICA in 2005.

The new generation of UnityWeb brings the separate union catalogues of The Combined Regions and LinkUK into one service. The new Unity service will be hosted and managed by OCLC PICA and FDI, world-leaders in resource sharing.

Rob Froud, county librarian, Somerset, and chair of The Combined Regions, says, "Working in partnership with OCLC PICA to take the Unity service forward offers exciting possibilities for resource sharing and inter-lending in the UK public library sector. It provides us with a unique opportunity to join-up previously distinct union catalogues into a single national resource. Combine this with improved functionality and service and we believe that we have a winning formula."

The new UnityWeb service will now offer a range of new functionality including Z39.50 compliance, real-time status of availability of books and access to 5 million bibliographic records on LinkUK. Libraries can also take advantage of the full interlibrary loans messaging option. This peer-to-peer and global system offers complete searching and request management in one single interface. The new service can also be integrated with local systems using standard protocols.

CBS from OCLC PICA is the replacement software for the Unity union catalogue. It can load a minimum of 10,000 records per hour with full duplicate detection and can export at 80 records per second. It supports Unicode and input/editing of all non-roman scripts, and has excellent support for duplicate record detection and resolution.

"We are delighted that the first success of the new venture between OCLC PICA and FDI happens to be one in FDI’s home market," adds Rein van Charldorp, managing director of OCLC PICA. "Winning this tender shows what can be achieved if two strong partners work together. We can offer a unique solution by combining our expertise and product offerings."

Robin Murray, managing director of FDI, adds, “We can offer a hybrid approach offering both physical union catalogues and stand alone library catalogues through one interface, combine this with ISO ILL for request management – and this offers libraries the next generation in resource sharing solutions."

FDI and OCLC PICA solutions have already demonstrated their reliability and stability working separately, and together. The new generation of the new Unity service consists of systems that already work together successfully and are estimated to be in use in some 20,000 libraries around the world.

A new website has been launched to support the new service, and is available at http://combinedregions.com or contact tcr@fdisolutions.com for more information.

A nationwide roadshow of events will run between 13 March and 7 April. Dates will be announced w/c 20th February and will be posted to http://combinedregions.com.

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