Selected features for professional libraries

Media-specific templates ensure consistent cataloguing of a range of physical and online resources, including published and grey literature. Revision and expiry dates help ensure obsolete records are updated. Authority control ensures data integrity and bibliographic records can be imported from a variety of sources. Serials management facilities are provided, including cataloguing at title, issue and article level.

Circulation is controlled by library-defined rules and notices such as overdues, pre-overdues and reservation notifications can be sent out automatically via email or push notifications to MyCirqa. Reader records are maintained and tools are provided to ensure your data remains GDPR compliant. Quarantine and click & collect facilities are provided to ensure continuity of service where possible.

Hundreds of pre-defined reports are provided as standard. Reports can be copied, edited and exported from the system, and even emailed on a regular basis so they simply arrive in your inbox when required. A report writing wizard is also provided to ensure all your reporting needs are catered for. A job scheduler is provided so that a range of routine tasks can be performed automatically without staff interaction – think of it like your virtual Systems librarian!

Heritage Online can be rebranded and a range of tailored interfaces can be designed to suit the different requirements of your users. Single sign-on can ensure that they are always presented with a search interface and range of widgets specific to their needs such as ‘What’s new?’, ‘Featured books’, Live chat and a variety of database-specific search widgets (e.g. EBSCO, JSTOR, Britannica Academic). Reviews, current awareness and list sharing facilities are provided.

Heritage Cirqa is compatible with user management systems (via LDAP,
Active Directory, Shibboleth, OpenAthens), VLEs such as Moodle, Discovery
systems such as EBSCO and a variety of self-service systems via the SIP2
protocol. A range of export facilities via XML, CSV and MARC formats are

Selected other functions described

Keep your users safe by ensuring items are quarantined before reshelving. – Heritage Cirqa will tell you when it is safe to circulate them again.

Keep your users safe by ensuring items are quarantined before reshelving – Heritage Cirqa will tell you when it is safe to circulate them again.

If someone wants to borrow something from the library that isn’t on your catalogue you can create a quick record entry and loan it in seconds.

Let Heritage Cirqa automatically handle housekeeping processes and routine tasks such as producing reports and sending out overdues and pre-overdues.

If you’re providing online resources to your students you can regularly check that links to those resources are not broken.

Curate information from beyond the walls of your library. If a user is searching for a particular topic you can attach a hint pointing them towards external resources such as online databases, exhibitions or even a person who could provide further help

You can set a future action date on any resource, marking it for review or expiry, and Heritage Cirqa can email you regularly to remind you when it is time.

Library users can indicate which subject areas they are interested in and they’ll be informed of all the new stock you are adding in those subject areas.

Borrowing statistics are not the whole picture of your library service! Ensure your statistics reflect the real usage of your library stock, by scanning in all items consulted in the library, before reshelving them.

Heritage Cirqa can manage large, multi-site libraries, controlling
inter-site transfers, site-specific defaults, notices and rules and our team is
are highly experienced in performing library management system merges.

An optional bookings module enables library staff to book resources for users for set periods in the future, with buffer periods in between bookings to allow for processing and recharging if necessary.

Heritage Cirqa lets you decide who has the keys to your system. You can restrict access to functions by user login and there is full audit logging on a wide range of fields.

An optional ILL facility, linked to the BLDSC, can manage all your inter-library loan requirements.