February 5, 2013

Helsinki Metropolitan Area Libraries (Finland) Upgrades to Sierra Services Platform

Emeryville, CA— Helsinki Metropolitan Area Libraries (HelMET) is upgrading to the Sierra Services Platform from the Millennium ILS. HelMET is comprised of the city libraries of Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen, and Vantaa and serves more than a million customers in the metropolitan area. Circulation reaches 17 million a year and its Web site receives more than five million visits a year.

"When we chose Millennium as our library system, our main focus was on a robust library system which could successfully handle our 17 million circulations," says Jaana Tyrni, Director of Espoo City Library. "Upgrading to Sierra is a significant decision for HelMET Libraries that positions it for the world of social media and mobile access. In addition, we have chosen to upgrade to Sierra for its smooth staff workflow and greater access to the library database."

Innovative is proud to have served HelMET since 2002. HelMET also has implemented Encore Synergy.

Broad Acceptance of Sierra

The Sierra Services Platform has seen an extraordinary level of adoption across the international library and information community with more than 320 library systems having so far committed to Sierra, representing over 1,000 libraries worldwide. Sierra represents a new approach to library technology that provides the extensive functionality required for today's libraries, while also bringing open architecture to library staff, allowing them to create their own solutions and adapt rapidly to the changing role of their libraries and institutions.

About Helsinki Metropolitan Area Libraries

HelMET network (Helsinki Metropolitan Area Libraries) consists of the city libraries of Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen, and Vantaa. Staffed by 900 library and media professionals, HelMET circulates nearly 17 million items a year and provides 64 libraries and six bookmobiles to the metropolitan community. The HelMET Web library (www.helmet.fi) is the most frequently used library Web site in Finland.