The National Library of Ireland has been a client of King’s Digital Consultancy Services since its inception. Our choice of KDCS was largely based on our evaluation of the expertise and reputation of the staff of KDCS.
Our experience of working with KDCS has been excellent and we are committed to working with King’s in developing the National Library of Ireland into a major digital library.
We found the service very valuable in guiding us in the development of our digital strategy and in setting up the management framework within the National Library of Ireland to ensure the implementation of that policy. The Library is also drawing on their advice to plan and implement complex projects to digitise bibliographical resources.
KDCS have guided us to innovative but very practical solutions to the challenging tasks of creating and managing the varied digital projects necessary to address the digitisation of the Library’s very wide range of materials. These materials include manuscripts, photographs, and prints.
KDCS have arranged training and information courses on digital topics for the Library staff. These fully met our requirements and were very well received.
We are impressed by the professionalism and level of commitment of KDCS. We have confidence in their ability to deliver sound state of the art solutions and their ability to work sympathetically with us in future projects.
Keeper Services and Systems
National Library of Ireland
The National Library of Wales turned to Simon Tanner of KDCS to test the proposition that the whole of the print heritage of Wales might, in principle, be converted to digital form and made freely available to the people of Wales and the world. The report he produced, on the basis of his deep knowledge of all aspects of digitisation and discussions he conducted with Library staff, was one of the best external reports the Library has commissioned in recent years: informed, comprehensive and balanced, it provides a sure foundation for the next stage of the programme.
National Library of Wales
KDCS produced a Digital Access Strategy to form part of our bid for a £17 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to assist in the purchase of the John Murray Archive of 18th and 19th Century papers, correspondence and manuscripts. One of the key requirements of the bid was to demonstrate how the collection would be made widely accessible, so our plans for online delivery were an important component. We were very pleased with the practical but innovative two-stage strategy delivered by KDCS, and I have no doubt it contributed to the eventual success of the bid.
KDCS has also provided consultancy services to the National Library's Digital Library Division, supporting strategic development and translating it into clear corporate goals for the coming year. Simon Tanner played an important role as facilitator at a planning away day, and provided further one to one support to turn the outcomes of the day into clear deliverables. The resulting clarity of vision made the process an extremely worthwhile exercise, and I have no doubt we will commission KDCS to do similar work for us in the future.
Digital Library Manager
National Library of Scotland
KDCS provides exemplary advice, guidance and support in helping the United Kingdom build it's digital future. Based upon sound business principles and an outstanding track record KDCS enables the United Kingdom to lead in the creation of innovative and sustainable digital collections. KDCS is a vital enabler for the United Kingdom to deliver it's rich cultural and historical collections online to a global audience, thereby ensuring that the United Kingdom's position in the digital domain is assured.
Director, Strategic Content Alliance
The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
All the Committee members were very impressed with the presentation - to such an extent indeed that they voted us the funding. I am delighted and extremely grateful for your help.
Assistant Director, Photographs, Imaging & Digital Development
RIBA Library Photographs Collection
Royal Institute of British Architects