Tender open for single LMS for Welsh public libraries

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Well, how would you illustrate an article on LMS procurement other than with a cute animal? (Pic CC from PicJumbo.)

Hot on the heels of the Welsh universities’ announcement of the supplier for their new single LMS, the public libraries in Wales have just released the tender for a single LMS for their sector, via the National Procurement Service in Wales.

Considerable work has gone into this project over the last couple of years by a number of library staff and a couple of my colleagues, and they were all very excited when the tender went live on 12 January 2015. Closing date for suppliers is 23rd Feb 2015. A little more information can be found on the Sell2Wales website where you can register to receive more information about the tender.

“National Procurement Service as the Contracting Authority is putting in place a single-supplier Framework Agreement for use by Local Authorities in Wales identified at VI.3 (and any future successors to these organisations). The system will provide a single library management system for all public libraries in Wales, with a staged transition.”

Ken Chad has also included this on his procurement page of LGLibTech wiki where you can view information about other recent LMS tenders, and follow the link to his page about library systems.

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3 Responses to Tender open for single LMS for Welsh public libraries

  1. rachael whitfield says:

    Reblogged this on WHELF.

  2. I assume this means they are excluding open-source options? (Since in that case there is not a “supplier”). Tender processes tend [sic] to push things in the direction of proprietary commercial offerings. I’m guessing it was the same with the recent HEI tender in Wales.

    • alysontyler says:

      To answer you honestly, I don’t know. I personally have not read the spec (many, many pages long) as this is not a project I have been working on. I can find out if you want.

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