Civica News

Wednesday Apr 16, 2014

All 46 Press Releases from Civica

20 most recent items:

April 3, 2014. Singapore’s Ministry of Education live on Spydus 9. Civica Library Solutions continues its rollout of Spydus 9, the latest version of its market-leading library software, with a successful upgrade to the Ministry of Education (MOE) Library Consortium. <<more>>

March 20, 2014. Civica and Preservica collaborate to bring streamlined digital preservation services to libraries, museums, and archives . Civica Library Solutions continues to transform libraries and enrich communities by announcing a new partnership with Preservica, a world leader in digital preservation technology with cloud and on-premise solutions. <<more>>

September 6, 2013. Civica proud to be in partnership with Europe’s largest public library. The £189m Library of Birmingham, which houses a collection of one million books, was officially opened this week by Malala Yousafzai, the teenager shot in the head in Pakistan by the Taliban for championing women’s rights. Civica is proud to be working in partnership with the Library of Birmingham delivering IT systems via Spydus. <<more>>

August 28, 2013. ANZ customers signing up for Spydus 9. <<more>>

August 20, 2013. Civica launches latest technology for the libraries sector. Civica, a leader in specialist systems and business process services that help organisations to transform the way they work, has announced the release of Spydus 9, the latest version of its market-leading library software. A web-based system that can be provided as a cloud service for individual libraries and consortium groups, Spydus 9 has been developed to help improve services and efficiency through modern self-service and library management capabilities including comprehensive smartphone and tablet functionality. <<more>>

May 14, 2013. South Lanarkshire Council selects Civica to transform library services. South Lanarkshire Council, which is responsible for providing IT services to school libraries and to South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Ltd has, following a mini-competition under a national framework agreement, chosen Civica, a market leader in specialist systems and business process services that help organisations transform the way they work, to host the Spydus library management system across 17 School Libraries and 25 Public Libraries. The new three year contract will transform each library’s internal processes, whilst making it more convenient for citizens and staff to access resources in person and online. <<more>>

May 8, 2013. Omers acquires Civica. OMERS Private Equity, the private equity investment arm of the OMERS pension plan, has completed the purchase of Civica, a market leader in specialist systems and business process services, from 3i Group plc and funds managed by 3i for an enterprise value of £390 million. <<more>>

November 15, 2012. Politeknik Brunei chooses Spydus LMS and RFID. Civica South East Asia was recently pleased to be awarded the contract to provide Spydus LMS and Civica RFID solution to Brunei Polytechnic library. The training of library staff has commenced and go live is expected at the end of December, before the new term starts in January 2013. <<more>>

October 30, 2012. Cockburn Libraries live on Managed Service. Cockburn Libraries in coastal Western Australia moved to a Spydus Managed Service in November this year. An active Spydus customer for over a decade, the Council decided to move from a standalone Spydus service to Managed Service. <<more>>

September 24, 2012. Civica to implement new library systems at National Library Board in Singapore. Civica South East Asia is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a project to upgrade the Library Management System by the National Library Board. <<more>>

May 3, 2012. Roebourne Shire goes live on Spydus. Roebourne Shire in the Pilbara region of Western Australia went live with Spydus this week and is Civica's first managed services customer in Western Australia. Roebourne came from a joint-use library with Pilbara TAFE. <<more>>

March 21, 2012. Libraries on the Go - Sorcer Mobile now on Android. Civica Library and Learning, a leading provider of library systems and services, is proud to announce its latest addition to the smartphone family – Sorcer Mobile for Android devices. With the iSpydus already an application on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch since 2010, Android users can now have their libraries at their fingertips. <<more>>

December 19, 2011. Civica Taiwan awarded Tainan Municipal Library project. Civica Taiwan was awarded the Tainan Municipal Library project. With about 40 branches, 570,000 patrons, and 500,000 Bibs, the Tainan Municipal Library will be the next significant Spydus8 client in the public library field, for Civica Taiwan. Together with the account from the Library of Pingtung County Cultural Centre (37 branches, 250,000 patrons, and 320,000 Bibs), Civica Taiwan will play an increasingly prominent role in the field. <<more>>

November 16, 2011. 30 Years of Partnership with The Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE. Civica celebrated a 30-year relationship with its longest continuous Spydus customer. The Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT), formerly known as Preston Technical College became a Civica (AWA in 1981) customer in October 1981. <<more>>

January 13, 2010. Niagara University to implement Spydus from Civica/CMI. Civica announced today Niagara University has selected the Spydus Integrated Library System. The system will replace the existing SirsiDynix Horizon System. <<more>>

August 10, 2009. Hutchinson Community College selects Spydus Integrated Library System. The John F. Kennedy Library at Hutchinson Community College and Area Vocational School, and Civica/CMI, a world leader in providing library automation technology, announced that Hutchinson Community College has selected the Spydus Integrated Library System (ILS). The system will replace the existing SirsiDynix Unicorn System. <<more>>

February 20, 2009. Civica/CMI annouces the recruitment of Jeanne Spala . Civica/CMI, a leading worldwide provider of library automation technology, announced Jeanne Spala has joined Civica/CMI in a Senior Consultant role. <<more>>

July 29, 2008. Civica selected for Singapore FutureSchools. A group led by Civica has been chosen to develop innovative learning technology for one of the five ‘FutureSchools’ in Singapore, in a $S80 million ($A61.9 million) four-year project. <<more>>

April 29, 2008. UK’s largest library authority to enhance reader services for over 1.3 million people with Civica . Civica is to provide Kent Libraries, the UK’s largest library authority, with new library management systems in a contract valued at £1.6 million over the next five years. The programme will see Kent join the South East Library Management System consortium, in order to achieve enhanced reader services for over 1.3 million people as well as procurement savings. <<more>>

February 12, 2008. Civica extends Library solutions into global learning and education sector. Civica Pty Ltd has announced that it is extending the scope of its international library solutions business into the broader education sector and will re-name the business Library and Learning. <<more>>

February 6, 2008. Three South Australian public libraries sign for Civica’s managed services consortium . Three South Australian public libraries have signed up for Civica’s SA Regional Libraries Consortium, to enjoy the benefits of a managed service using a shared database based on the Spydus software. <<more>>

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Company Ownership

Civica is owned by OMERS Private Equity

Library automation systems

Civica offers the following Integrated Library Systems:

  • Spydus (149 libraries, 1373 facilities in lib-web-cats)
    Public libraries: 103
    Academic libraries: 39
    School libraries: 1
    53 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 1373 library facilities included in lib-web-cats use an ILS provided by Civica.

Corporate Chronology

May 7, 2013   OMERS Private Equity acquires Civica from 3i Group for £390 million.
Mar 28, 2008   Civica acquired by 3i Investments.
Mar 1, 2004   Civica Plc. flotation on the AIM stock exchange.
May 13, 2002   Civica formed by Sanderson.
2002   Sanderson restructures as Civica.
1999   URICA version 6 renamed to Spydus.
Nov 10, 1994   General Automation, Inc. sells its 51% interest in SGA to Sanderson Technologies, Ltd..
1991   URICA ported from Pick to Unix.
Sep 1989   General Automation, Inc. and Sanderson Electronics PLC spin off new company named SGA Pacific Limited.
Sep 1989   SGA Pacific Limited acquires AWA Limited.
1985   Sanderson begins marketing URICA in Asia.
1979   AWA software re-develops URICA for the University of Tasmania.
1976   AWA Computers becomes the first company to introduce Pick-based computers into Australia.

Key Articles from Library Technology Guides

The following are a sample of articles related to the major events in the corporate history of Civica, or you can view all articles related to the company from Library Technology Guides.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (June 2008). Civica Transitions to Private Equity

Civica, a large software and services company that includes a library division offering the Spydus automation system, has undergone a business transition where it changes from a publicly traded company on the London-based AIM exchange to a private company, primarily owned by 3i Investors, a major private equity firm. 3i is a very large private equity firm with £5.6 billion (approximately $11 billion) in market capitalization.