Queensland Legislative Assembly Library considers software overhaul

Reviews 1980s Concord in-house management system

The Queensland Government will review the Queensland Parliamentary Library’s integrated library information and database software to assess its ongoing ability to service the needs of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.

The review, to be finalised by June 2010, will also assess whether an alternative integrated library information system and database system, including open source options, will be able to deliver a full range of information services to clients over the next decade.

The Library currently uses Concord, and in-house management software solution developed in the mid-1980s.

The core of Concord is written in COBOL while the Windows client interface added to the system is mostly written in C and C++. A browser interface update, which was completed in July 2009, was written in C# (asp.net).

Concord's databases currently have about 4.28 million non-machine readable cataloguing (Marc) records including databases records, authority records and technical records.

According to the Library documents, the Queensland Parliament has a Microsoft-centric network environment and uses C# and .Net technologies for its in-house software development.

The Parliament’s in-house IT personnel manage the network infrastructure and the Concord application and the database, which is housed on a dedicated Intel Windows 2003 server. The application and administration is managed by Library systems staff.

The Concord system, if kept following the review, will be migrated to a Microsoft Windows 2008 (R2) Server operating system.

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