DS, the market leader in UK public libraries and archives, has entered into a joint research agreement with Axiell Library Group, the leading supplier of library management systems to Nordic Countries. The two companies, each renowned for innovation in its own market sector, will bring an unrivalled combination of expertise and experience to the European Library Market. Development effort will focus on Library 2.0 content management and portal platforms, building next-generation user interfaces to complement each company’s leading-edge library technology.
Nigel Pegg, Managing Director of DS, sees enormous potential in cooperative R & D. "The pace of technological change and the increasingly sophisticated requirements of library users place enormous demands on system suppliers. The need to constantly improve our products in order to stay at the leading edge of technology needs significant ongoing investment. Sharing this investment with an equally capable and ambitious partner can only be of benefit to DS and Axiell Library Group, and consequently to our customers, their staff and their users"
Axiell Library Group’s Managing Director, Jerk Sintorn, was equally positive about the partnership; "We are very proud of the new development initiative we have entered into with DS. We are quite sure that joining two ambitious vendors’ ideas into our new library 2.0 platform will result in a state-of-the-art product – for the libraries in UK and in the North. Today globalisation hasn’t any borders, so therefore we can enrich our new product with demands and wishes from two user groups, from two different European areas, and build a superb product for the benefit of libraries and their end-users".
Created in the mid 1980’s, Axiell was the first vendor in the Nordic countries to develop a local library management system. In 1996 it was one of the world’s first suppliers to launching a complete graphic local library system which implemented all of the established library standards This development has continued, and today Axiell Library Group is the world’s sixth largest company in the sector as supplier of IT systems and services dedicated solely to libraries as a target group and with its focus on library development.
Axiell develops technically advanced library management systems in close cooperation with its customers.
Axiell Library Group is a group company with three subsidiaries in Sweden, Denmark and Finland. www.axiell.com