Library Technology Guides

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May 29, 2020

Catalyst IT. Mental Health Education & Resource Library now offers online self-registration. Like many libraries across New Zealand, the Mental Health Education & Resource Centre Library (MHERC) adapted its services in response to COVID-19 related events. For Sheree Menzies, IT/Resources at MHERC, this meant allowing new borrowers to sign-up online for the first time ever. [Full Announcement].

February 11, 2020

Catalyst IT. Koha expands in Australasia. Catalyst has purchased Calyx Information Essentials and, from 1 March 2020, Catalyst will be providing Hosting and Support for their Australian clients using the Koha Library Management System. [Full Announcement].

July 5, 2018

Catalyst IT. New Library System for Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. Toi Ohomai library is now live with the Koha library system, supported by Catalyst IT. Students and staff who search for library resources now have a single library catalogue that replaces the two separate systems that previously operated from the Tauranga and Rotorua campuses. Liberty was used at the Mokoia campus for 20 years, and Voyager at Tauranga campuses for 14 years. [Full Announcement].

February 1, 2018

Catalyst IT. NZ's newest Koha public library: Whanganui District Libraries. Whanganui Library was the first public library of New Zealand to quietly leave the Kōtui consortium in 2017. In March they put out an RFP for a new Library Management System, to which we responded proposing Koha. We worked together seamlessly for two months solid, and with the timely delivery of data overnight from Sirsi Dynix in the USA, Koha went live without a hitch in June. [Full Announcement].

October 12, 2017

Catalyst IT. Koha plus FOLIO: a solution for connected library services. Catalyst and Bywater Solutions are both vendors for Koha library management system. We have worked together in the Koha community for 8 years. Both companies support a number of academic libraries (universities, polytechnics, TAFEs, colleges) and are investigating how FOLIO can be of benefit to our customers, with an initial focus on academic libraries.This paper will explain how Koha and FOLIO can work together to benefit libraries. It will also set out specifications for some ways Koha could connect to FOLIO, and therefore enhance library services. [Full Announcement].

December 16, 2013

Catalyst IT. Te Horowhenua Trust wins Koha case. Te Horowhenua Trust and Catalyst IT challenged a ruling in New Zealand by the Ministry of Economic Development in 2011 that American company Liblime PTFS which had acquired the Koha division of Katipo and was also a contributor to the software, could trademark Koha. In a 24-page judgment assistant commissioner of Trade Marks Jennie Walden found that Liblimeís product and the trustís software were largely the same, except that the trustís was free. Ms Walden also awarded of $3820 to the Trust and $3550 to Catalyst IT. [Full Announcement].

December 17, 2012

Catalyst IT. Catalyst announces the release of the NIWA Koha catalogue. Catalyst announced the release of the NIWA Koha catalogue. NIWA, the NZ National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, and Catalyst, have been working together over the past four months to migrate the NIWA library data from SirsiDynix Symphony, and to implement and configure the open source library management system Koha to NIWA's requirements. [Full Announcement].

July 9, 2012

Catalyst IT. Waimate District Libraries goes live with Koha. Waimate District Libraries joined more than twenty other New Zealand libraries this week when they went live with Koha, the Open Source Library Management System originally developed in New Zealand. [Full Announcement].