Thursday, March 29 2012. Hartpury College is the latest institute to use Liberty – Softlink's Library Management System for College, Health, Law, Charity, Government and Special sectors. As a major Land based college, it runs FE and HE courses covering subjects as diverse as Business, Horticulture and Veterinary Nursing.
With a Learning Resource Centre (LRC) that provides resources and study space to around 3500 students and 450 staff, Hartpury College was looking for a Library Management System that could support their very busy college. Their previous system was very large and complex, Emma Stevens, the Library Manager was looking for an easy to use system, which still retained the core functionality they needed. Emma explains the decision to choose Liberty, "Our previous system was shared with the University and when we separated we needed a simpler system that could still deal with the high volumes of stock and users we have at the college. With holdings of 55,000 books, 500 journals and a growing selection of e-books, we also needed a system that would help us add approximately 2000 items each year and present this to us with a simple and easy to use interface".
Emma continued "We were looking for a system that would be engaging and provide the functionality we needed, Liberty ticked all the boxes. With students studying at both Further and Higher Education levels, the new system needed to be simple enough for younger students to use, yet have the scope and depth to support research and more academic needs. It will help us deal with the 35,000 items we loan out every year and the 155,000 visits our LRC receives".
After going to tender for their Library software, Hartpury College chose Liberty V5 as their preferred system, Jane Webber, Sales and Marketing Director at Softlink Europe was delighted with the outcome. "Gaining Hartpury College as a customer is a sign of the success we have been enjoying with colleges recently. We have spoken to many different colleges and are finding that as budgets and ways of working are changing, so are their requirements. The big archaic systems of the past are being replaced by more nimble and engaging Library systems, Liberty V5 is able to give customers choice, and we are delighted that Hartpury College have joined our ever growing Softlink family".