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History of Abraquest

Screen shot of the Abraquest School Library Software book search function
Screen shot of the Abraquest book search function

History of Abraquest

The current AbraQuest school library solution was created in 2005 by Maeve Denny, M.Phil.,B.A.,D.M.S.,A.L.A., a Consultant Chartered Librarian and Philip Johnson, Director of Spherical Software Limited.

This original system was an upgrade to the Abracadabra system which she had developed over the previous ten years so the concepts behind Abraquest are now effectively 20 years old, older than most if not all of the pupils that use it!

She met up with Philip Johnson in 2005 who produced the current version of Abraquest and shortly afterwards became her business partner. 

Philip is an experienced software developer, having started in 1983 and has worked constantly since then on dozens of projects. He has been in business since 1989 and has provided software and consultancy to many companies including many household names over the years.

Philip prides himself on easy to use software and in continuing Maeve's excellent customer service. He is not a chartered librarian though, so he makes doubly sure he listens to what customers have to say!

In 2013, Maeve retired and left Philip to run the business and further develop Abraquest. Philip keeps in regular touch with Maeve, however she is firmly retired, apart from hopefully the odd blog post (if we are lucky!).

Abraquest is installed in many primary and high schools throughout the UK.

Having spent the last few years talking to as many customers as possible, the next phase of Abraquest development is now under way. We hope to continue to have many exciting announcements to make which will be published on the Abraquest Blog in due course.



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