News from Talis

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Article publication date: 1 September 2004



(2004), "News from Talis", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 38 No. 3.



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News from Talis

News from Talis

University of Derby opts for Talis Information Environment to integrate managed learning environment and library systems

To create a single gateway into its managed learning environment and library resources, the University of Derby has chosen the Talis Information Environment (IE), based on the TalisPrism Web services architecture. This will create links between the University’s locally developed managed learning environment (MLE) and the Talis system, providing a gateway to e-resources – including e-journals, the library catalogue, the Internet and internal resources (such as examination papers) for its 25,000 students and faculty.

University of Derby staff are firm believers in the importance of student-centred learning and electronic access to information resources. Evaluated by the University against other leading suppliers in the UK higher education market, Talis IE’s easy integration opportunities and Web services technology gave it the edge. Third party support of this came from discussion with other Talis customers involved with the IE developments, including the University of Sunderland, a recent implementer of Talis. Derby’s information system staff will be making use of the flexibility of the Talis enabling platform to extend the library management system to integrate with other systems.

Later in 2004 the University will go live with TalisPrism for resource discovery and access to library catalogues, local and networked information and Internet resources whether on or off campus, along with Talis Alto – the new library management system. Self-service enablers including TalisMessage for loan renewals and TalisList for resource list management will enable staff to give more attention to individual advice and less on time-consuming administrative tasks. Automated self issue will follow in a second phase during 2004-5.

For more information about the University of Derby’s library see Brewer, G., “The University of Derby Electronic Library: a case study of some economic and academic aspects of a local digitised collection”, Program, Vol. 36 No. 1, pp. 30-37, 2002.

For further information please contact Talis Information Ltd, Birmingham Research Park, Vincent Drive, Edgbaston, BirminghamB15 2SQ, UK. Tel: +44(0) 121 471 1179; Fax: +44(0) 121 472 0298; E-mail:; URL:

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