What is the LCF (Library Communications Framework) Consortium?
The LCF Consortium is a group of library industry organisations that publicly, fully endorse, support and promote the adoption and use of LCF.
To be a publicised and acknowledged member of the Consortium, BIC asks interested organisations to commit to the following:
- If required by BIC, provide resource (speakers and / or funds) to forthcoming LCF events where customers can learn more about LCF
- If required by BIC, provide a technical resource to forthcoming technical workshops / PlugFests where we ensure compatibility between our solutions
- Agree to have compatible solutions available from the end Q1 2016 (preferably sooner)
- Agree to promote the framework on your website and sales literature
To support this initiative, BIC will incur some costs in promoting the standard. It is therefore proposed that each Consortium member contributes £500 (payable to BIC) in which to create a small LCF marketing fund. This fund will be used to pay for events, promotional activities and materials and other similar promotional / marketing charges / costs – a list of the costs would be maintained by BIC and available for all LCF consortium members to see.
Please note, being a member of the LCF consortium does not include BIC membership or attract any BIC membership benefits. Attendance at BIC committees, working groups, or panel meetings is reserved for BIC members only.
The ongoing marketing and promotion of LCF is being funded by the following organisations who are all part of the LCF consortium:
2CQR have worked exclusively with libraries for over two decades, creating dedicated self-service, security, stock control and software solutions. Whether EM or RFID based we work with clients to ensure compatibility, adaptability and effectiveness, delivering immediate results and maximising long-term opportunities. 2CQR – always Thinking Libraries in the UK and Ireland. www.2cqr.com
Axiell is the global leader in solutions for public and school libraries, education, media, museums and archives. We partner with customers that share our vision of spreading culture in the connected society. Our solutions are currently used by over 6600 customers around the world, who rely on us for their physical and virtual libraries. Axiell has over 270 employees, experts in understanding the demands of our customers and we serve our customers through innovative and flexible solutions. www.axiell.co.uk
Bibliotheca is dedicated to the development, deployment and support of library technology solutions, designed to improve operational efficiency and enhance customer service. We focus on public, private and academic library markets, with a reach that extends across the globe, with direct operational offices in Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, North and South America, together with over 70 dedicated distributors. We are proud to work with over 30,000 unique library sites with a deployed equipment range in excess of 10,000 individual self-service units, 6,000 security systems and over 650 automated materials handling (sorter) systems. In addition, our digital platform features content from over 1,000 publishers and is available through almost 3,000 libraries. In 2015, the shareholders of Bibliotheca (One Equity Partners) agreed the purchase of 3M’s former Library business, with the intention to create a single library-focused business dedicated to the delivery and support of EM/RFID security, automated materials handling, self-service, productivity and digital/cloud (patron-facing) solutions. www.bibliotheca.com
Capita is the market-leading library management software provider in the UK. Our software solutions, developed through close customer partnerships, are designed to promote and support effective library services through configurable and innovative applications. Capita’s core library management system (LMS) software enables libraries to effectively and efficiently manage the running of the library. To discover more, visit www.capita.co.uk/libraries, email email@example.com or call 0870 400 5000.
CILIP is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers. Our 13,000 members are part of a community of more than 112,000 professionals delivering value across all parts of the public and private sector including public libraries, schools, Government, prisons and businesses. Our members are experts in helping communities with their information needs, supporting learning, managing information and creating knowledgeable organisations. www.cilip.org.uk
Civica works in partnership with libraries to transform services with new technologies, efficient working processes and innovative delivery models. We provide services and solutions to position your library at the heart of the community bringing together people, processes and information to help you achieve high levels of service and improve public engagement. www.civica.co.uk/library-and-learning
Launched in 2002 by CEO Marvin Crisp, D-Tech International Ltd is a privately owned company and is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of high performance technology products and services for public space locations in the UK and overseas. Our success has been built in the library sector but in recent years we have seen an increase in cross-sector demand for our EM, RF, RFIQ and RFID technologies for tracking, managing, protecting and forecasting demand. www.d-techinternational.com
Infor is a major global cloud focussed software company who amongst our wide portfolio of products have been delivering solutions to the library market for many years. Our V-Smart Library Management System, Iguana user engagement platform and other associated products are all fully web based and offer a complete solution suite for modern library service delivery. We are highly focussed on innovating with technology to provide leading functionality and new ways to delight customers and users alike. www.infor.com/libraries
Innovative partners with thousands of libraries of all types to help them achieve their goals. Serving libraries in 66 countries, the company provides a complete technology platform that includes solutions for mobile access, digital asset management, resource sharing, discovery, and operational efficiency. Innovative’s staff includes more than 400 library and technology experts, with more than 100 degreed librarians, who stay in close contact with customers through formal development partnerships and conversations at Innovative User Group meetings on four continents. The company is headquartered in Emeryville, California with offices in Dublin, Ireland and beyond. www.iii.com
Insight Media is the leading library technology partner in the UK for the provision of PC bookings, print management and wireless solutions with unparalleled experience offering innovative market-leading solutions to a variety of customers including public and academic libraries. Currently we provide solutions to over 100 UK customers including over 80 public library authorities spanning our services to more than 1000 locations. www.insight-media.co.uk
Lorensbergs works closely with libraries to improve access to services and resources, via 24/7 online bookings. Our market-leading solution, netloan provides a comprehensive session management system for greater control and accessibility to library PCs and Wi-Fi, together with self-service print payment and release. A Wi-Fi print solution is also now available, giving library users the opportunity to print from their smartphones, tablets and laptops. For further booking needs, connect2 covers rooms, equipment, events, courses and appointments. Talk to Lorensbergs about your libraries’ requirements for better managed PC, printing and Wi-Fi services. Call 01992 415505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.lorensbergs.co.uk
MLS provide market leading library management solutions, combining professional library management tools with a range of user friendly and visually engaging student interfaces to suit all academic levels. The cloud based solution provides anytime / anywhere access to a wide range of both physical and digital media (e.g. book’s, eBooks, websites, video clips) across multiple platforms, creating a whole site resource that supports the need of a 21st Century learning resource centre. MLS use a wide range of innovative features and mobile apps to promote reading for pleasure amongst students, whist providing essential reports and statistics for educators and parents. www.microlib.co.uk
PSP Asset Protection Ltd has heritage going back to 1978, when founding company Plescon Ltd was originally established. Since then we have been providing advice and expertise to libraries across the UK, and beyond, on best practise for controlling and maintaining their valuable stock. Having worked with over 2,000 libraries, of all sizes and types, across five decades our knowledge and experience is unmatched. Our policy has always been to listen to the individual challenges facing each library and build a solution to achieve their required outcomes. www.psp-assetprotection.co.uk
SirsiDynix is the global leader in library automation software with customers around the world serving 300 million library users worldwide. Working in partnership with libraries, SirsiDynix helps communities thrive by connecting people with information resources that educate and inspire. Our BLUEcloud library services platform delivers the Best Library User Experience through attractive mobile and web interfaces, coupled with open, feature-rich library management system functionality and enterprise-ready analytics. Our solutions cater for public, academic and special libraries, large or small, including the biggest consortia in the world. www.sirsidynix.com