Four Danish university colleges buy Cicero Explore for a better overview of library data
Cicero Explore is a business intelligence solution for the library solution Cicero LMS, which makes it possible to see and use library data. Four university colleges have decided to buy Cicero Explore after trialling the product.
20 November 2019
There is no shortage of data in libraries and schools. There is a problem, however, in navigating in and extracting useful information from all the data.
Cicero Explore is an add-on product for the Cicero Library Management System (LMS), which helps libraries to create an overview of as well as providing insights into their library data, for example loans data. This makes it easier for librarians to optimise library operations and make the right decisions regarding book purchases, book stocks and book loans.
During a trial period, all libraries using Cicero LMS were able to access Cicero Explore. At the end of the trial period, four university colleges all decided to buy the solution, so that they can continue to access key figures about their libraries. The four university colleges are VIA University College, University College South Denmark (UCS), UCL vUniversity College and University College of Northern Denmark (UCN).
Peter Rubeck Olesen, library director at UCN, sees significant benefits in using Systematic’s add-on product:
“Cicero Explore offers insight into what materials the students are borrowing. We can, for example, see when the materials were published, which languages the students are reading, and which subject categories they are borrowing.
“Being able to see the students’ book borrowing patterns is very helpful, as it enables us to support the individual study programmes’ knowledge resources more effectively. We can provide the study programmes with statistics, and we can support the students better in how they use foreign materials, for example, if necessary.”
Libraries now able to generate their own reports
In purchasing Cicero Explore, the four university colleges have access to the functions which they got to know during the trial period. Among other things, the Cicero Explore solution comprises standard reports that enable library staff to view selected key figures about their users, loans and reservations at the press of a button – for instance the 20 most popular books and the library’s total lending.
In addition, they will also have access to the Cicero Explore design client, which enables the libraries to compose their own reports. In the design client, it is possible to compare data and present it graphically in countless ways. The libraries can, for example, establish whether there are any ‘dead’ books which have never been lent out and measure the success of any initiatives which they launch. If a library has organised a theme abut the Middle Ages, for example, afterwards they can study the data and measure whether the theme has prompted more people to borrow books related to the period.
At UCN, the staff are delighted at the prospect of being able to put their finger on how the students are using the libraries, and on which initiatives work. It makes it easier to make good decisions and to explain their choices:
“Before, we acted on our feelings. With Cicero Explore, we can document exactly how the materials are used at the college libraries,” says Peter Rubeck Olesen.