Brisbane, 11 May, 2012 Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) has chosen OverDrive to facilitate eBook and audiobook lending for all 135 Catholic schools in South East Queensland.
OverDrive is the world's most popular platform for digital content lending. It is distributed in Australia by Softlink, developer of the Oliver Knowledge, Content & Library Management System.
Mr. Warren Armitage, Chief Information Officer of BCE, describes how OverDrive will support digital initiatives within the diocese.
"The use of digital resources is expanding rapidly with our introduction of a Learning Management System. We feel Oliver and OverDrive will enhance our ability to manage the availability of some of these resources," he said.
"We see OverDrive fitting in well with our one-to-one laptop program in secondary schools and reducing the need for younger students to carry books around with them. The Oliver/OverDrive integration also suits the needs of our ‘digital natives' in terms of accessing resources at a time and place that suits them."
According to Mr. Armitage, OverDrive was for the range of features it provides and for the integration with the Oliver solution, which was installed in all BCE schools in 2010.
"BCE selected OverDrive because of the integration it offers with our library application, Oliver. We were also attracted to the large selection of digital titles available and the ability to offer both a centralised and distributed resource collection as appropriate."
"We are pleased to work again with Softlink after a successful Oliver deployment to all of our schools. Softlink have been very responsive in ensuring that the OverDrive solution met our requirements."
Mr. Hillary Noye, Softlink's Director of Business Development Asia Pacific, looks forward to supporting BCE in this new project.
"Softlink is delighted to partner with BCE again and we look forward to assisting BCE with their digital resource management goals through Oliver and OverDrive," he said.
Softlink is a world-leading developer of Knowledge, Content and Library Management Systems used by over 50% of Australian schools. Softlink's software which is developed at its Brisbane head office is now installed in over 10,000 libraries in 108 countries covering ten major languages.
Solutions built with world-leading technology are strengthened by a range of local support services, delivered by Softlink's product experts, experienced library and IT specialists on staff.
Softlink have won two major export awards; The Premier of Queensland's Award for Export Excellence - Information Technology and the Australian Exporter of the Year – Information Technology.
For more information on Softlink and its Liberty and Oliver products, visit www.softlinkint.com
About Brisbane Catholic Education
Brisbane Catholic Education is a learning community in diocesan Catholic schools and the staff of the Brisbane Catholic Education Centre. With 137 schools, Brisbane Catholic Education is founded on Christ and the schools are at the service of students, the Church and society, and aim to provide quality teaching and learning outcomes for Prep to Year 12 students.
For more information of BCE visit: http://www.bne.catholic.edu.au