IDEA Lib for Libraries

IDEA Lib – for managing the Library of Tomorrow

IDEA Lib is a flexible integrated library system for managing all types of library collections and their typical workflows, such as cataloging, loans and returns, orders etc. The system enables exposure of information to the library users, as well as acquisition procedures, building thesaurus, resource and information sharing, import and export of data from external sources and personalized online-services to the library users over the Web using various advanced options such as Mobile, Facebook, support of Web 2.0 and self-service loan and return stands.

One of the distinct advantages of the IDEA Lib system is the support of MARC and Z39.50 standards. Through which the library can exchange information with other libraries around the world that are engaged in similar fields, import data from the Library of Congress, the ULI,  the British Library and other academic databases, and export data to leading academic databases.
This integrated product provides the library with a flexible and dynamic way for the development of value-added services, both for the employees and for the public.

The infrastructure

The system is based on IDEA ALM infrastructure; the advanced system for managing databases, that serves as a platform for integrating IDEA’s three vertical solutions – IDEA Arc, IDEA Lib and IDEA Muse.
The management of the various information data banks is performed on one common database, using uniform and professional terminology and work processes, with the possibility of retrieving the information at any time, thus allowing transparency, accessibility and advanced management of all the information and knowledge in the organization.
The system includes all management tools, including cataloging, conservation, building logical connections, as well as exposure and retrieval of different materials in various formats. You can work and search within one database (archive) or multiple databases at the same time (Archive, Library and Museum), in order to obtain wide and rich information or filtered and focused information.
The release of upgraded versions from time to time, the system flexibility, the ability to adapt to the changing needs of the organization and open architecture for future additions are the guarantee of your investment in the IDEA LIB system for many years to come.
The integration of the advanced IDEA Lib system, with the extensive experience of Idea’s professional staff in implementing projects in libraries; public, academic and research institutes, is a guarantee for the success of the projects and the satisfaction of our customers.
We invite you to join the Family of Idea’s customers, and trust your heritage in our hands”

Complies with industry standards: MARC/MODS export, Dublin Core and Z39.50

Import items from external databases to the local catalog and export items from the catalog in the required formats, allowing maximum data sharing between libraries and databases of various organizations such as “The Center of the book and libraries in Israel”, ULI, Library of Congress, etc.

Management of the library multiple databanks (and its branches) on a mutual database, allowing separation of different types of items on the one hand, while managing all on common infrastructure, allowing transverse information retrieval option, on the other. It is possible to perform searches on a single database or multiple databases at the same time, to get filtered and focused information

An Integrated text-search engine within the system allows options for simple and complex search, phonetic search and fuzzy search, using linguistic functions and Boolean conditions among the fields, including full-text search within text documents and / or attachments

Thesaurus – The system includes an infrastructure for glossary management and the creation of data map, using the keywords (subjects) list, hierarchical links, Related, narrow and broad links, as well as graphical display of the thesaurus tree structure

Advanced independent administration tools allow the library staff to configure the system, updating and creating new types of materials efficiently and rapidly. Thus, allowing the library to change according to its needs while maintaining the basic structure and without being dependent on IDEA as the developing supplier.

Advanced permissions mechanism allows the construction of complex permissions system to a large number of users in different roles, from the databank level, through the level of individual items to the level of the separate item fields.

Flexibility in the display of the search results list: the customer can create a different display for each type of material, including the display of the digital objects linked to an item, additional information and more.

Linking to social networks – Google + & Facebook

Friendly and attractive Web– interface for search, retrieval and online exposure of the library collections, including the possibility of the creation and display of saved queries on the side-menu for the benefit of convenient and friendly navigation, for the  end-user.

The Results list of a certain subject displays all the other subjects associated with each item on the search results.

QR code support.

Full integration with IDEA Arc and IDEA Muse.

A Linking items mechanism for managing and displaying relationships between items; A unique capability that allows the definition of different types of links and an independent application of unlimited links between items from any databank and any material typesetting up an information map the end user.

Various library collections management: cataloging of books, periodicals, documents, articles, pamphlets, posters, photographs and DVD, using pre-defined and / or customized templates.

Circulation module: management of loans, returns and all other circulation activities, support for fast loans, group loans and automatic e-mail and SMS reminders

Readers’ module: management of readers’ information, including personal information, list of orders and permission group. The system also includes the management of subscriptions, manufactures receipts and payments for various library services such as photography, drawing deposits, and fines for delays or loss of books.

Barcodes support of items and readers’ cards: to produce labels for lending, returning and ordering operations more efficiently. Including the integration of RFID technology infrastructure.

Acquisitions module: Management of workflows and communications related to vendors and acquisitions processes including requests for price proposals, purchase orders, discounts, VAT calculations, order tracking, delivery requests, budget control and report generation.

Support the management of digital collections: link and display various types of common digital objects, such as documents, text files, images, video and sound, including the display of embedded content of external sites (YouTube flicker, Google maps, etc.).

Convenient and efficient cataloging, in a friendly interface – using the system capabilities to import data from external sources, the “Copy Record” and “scanning and typing” techniques, thus allowing the cataloging of large amount of records every day and saving time, while maintaining the quality of the material.


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