Ken Chad Consulting can help organisations realise opportunities for the delivery of improved services and considerable savings. ‘Shared Services’ is one the key strategies being evaluated and implemented by central and local government and Higher Education (HE). How does it relate to ‘cloud computing’ and ‘web scale?’ Ken Chad can help make sense of a complex landscape. He presented on shared services at the UKSG conference in London in November 2011. He has worked on major shared services initiatives for both public and academic libraries:-
A shared library system infrastructure across a number of UK public libraries.
In 2011 we worked with the Greater Manchester Libraries Shared Services Project board to evaluate and analyse the library systems options for providing a one library card based entitlement across 10 Greater Manchester library authorities. The Project Board reported that: ‘The report has given us a clear overview of the options for us to move towards an integrated library systems solution and provide better services to our users. It has helped us clarify the direction for the future’
Shared Services feasibility study into the library systems landscape in UK Higher Education.
The study was commissioned by SCONUL and funded by HEFCE. Ken Chad worked in partnership with Sero Consulting (project lead) and Curtis + Cartwright. There is more information on the Shared Services page of HELibtech.