Australia: 25 September 2012. Softlink International recently supported the Papua New Guinea Institute of Public Administration (PNGIPA), School of Government Library to achieve its commitment to improve literacy and learning through technology.
Softlink PNG Project Manager, Mrs Lyn Walker said by adopting Liberty V5, Softlink's latest generation knowledge, content and library management solution, the public sector training organisation was for the first time able to provide students and the community with online access to its unique educational and Papua New Guinea Pacific Collection resources.
"Since commencing this project, PNGIPA has been focused on its objective to ensure greater engagement of and access to resources," Mrs Walker said. "The result is, the library now has an accurate picture and current repository of its resources, some of which are unique to PNG and cannot be found anywhere else in the world."
Prior to moving to the web-based system, PNGIPA, an organisation that trains local residents for future PNG government employment opportunities, invested in technical infrastructure advancements across the university and library to support multiple user and cross-campus access.
"PNGIPA is now leading the way forward with knowledge and information technology with the latest release of Liberty v.5," explains Sarah Thompson, Softlink Technical Consultant who provided onsite technical expertise and training for IT staff for the project.
PNGIPA Acting Director, Mr YalaYatu said, the solution allows the PNGIPA Library to make informed resource and knowledge management decisions.
"After much effort we are now seeing PNGIPA move towards, and in some cases exceed, what other countries are doing in terms of using technology to centralise and share information to support greater learning outcomes. Liberty's intuitive design supports our distance learning programs and provides access to information anytime," Mr Yatu said.
PNGIPA Librarian, Mr Eric Nandoma said that he finds the system very simple and easy-to-use and thus provides consistency with circulation, cataloguing, database keeping and also provides up-to-date and reliable data and reports.
"Softlink has also provided two weeks of onsite training which has helped to familiarise ourselves with getting to know the system," he said.
Softlink supports more than 10,000 organisations across 108 countries with leading knowledge, content and library management solutions. For nearly 30 years, Softlink's premier solutions have provided organisations with the ability to achieve their individual knowledge management objectives.