Emeryville, CA—The University of Canberra Library has selected the Millennium integrated library technology platform along with integrated Electronic Resource Management, Millennium Media, and RSS service tools. The campus will benefit from comprehensive control and presentation of print materials, e-journals, e-books and course reserves, as well as immediate access to faculty-created research and learning materials. Millennium replaces a Spydus System maintained by Civica.
Part of a Campus Vision
The selection of a new ILS was a component of the Library's larger project to create a "Learning Resources Management System" that would provide integrated management and access by students and teachers to all learning resources regardless of origin and format. "For students, in particular, we wanted to provide a more holistic view of all the information available to support their learning and research," says Anita Crotty, University Librarian. "This would be a 'virtual information landscape' capable of being explored laterally and vertically without the sense that multiple systems were being used."
To make this happen, the Library would have to meet the challenge of bringing together a wide variety of information sources and presenting it simply—while dealing with the intricacies of standards compliance and licensing guidelines. The Millennium platform provided the breadth of features and products necessary to make this a reality without extensive and long-term commitment of IT resources.
Says Crotty: "Millennium was selected on the basis of overall capability, consistent user interface, management reporting features, and full module integration, including the best potential for full integration with an enterprise-wide digital object management system and other University systems. Its particular strength in integration and interoperability, together with excellent workflow support, should deliver significant library-productivity gains and enhanced user experience. Millennium fits in with the University IT strategy because it reduces the number of technologies being used to currently to support library services and provides browser-based applications to simplify software support, configuration management, and deployment."
By selecting the Millennium integrated library technology platform, library staff will be able to bring together rich information and present it in a simple and effective way to campus users. E-journal offerings will be centrally managed in Millennium with the Innovative ERM providing integrated presentation of titles, licensing information, and usage guidelines in the WebPAC Pro public access tool. Campus-generated learning content and research will also be available in the catalog through Millennium Media. As this collection grows, library staff will be able to create RSS feeds by subject or generate automatic RSS alerts of new materials to campus users.
Beyond "One Size Fits All"
"We highly value My Millennium's personalization functions to take us beyond the 'one size fits all' view of the Library's resources. We are very much looking forward to our users being able to customize a space to keep information about resources they use, their search preferences, personal notes about what they have read as well as communicate online their suggestions and comments to the Library," says Crotty. Users will also gain from receiving personal alerts about holds and item availability through the My Record Feeds product.
"Our systems are installed at a majority of the Australian university libraries, facilitating a tradition of excellent public education in Australia," says William Ho, Director of Sales for Australia and New Zealand. "We are most honored that the University of Canberra has chosen Millennium for their next generation of library services delivery platform. This further establishes Innovative as the premier library automation vendor for the academic libraries in Australia."
About The University of Canberra
The University of Canberra is the Australian national capital's university set on almost 120 hectares of picturesque bushland. The University is a single-campus and truly student-centered, providing personal and individual attention with smaller classes. The campus is easy to walk around and there is a strong sense of community amongst students and staff. The University of Canberra was established in 1968 and celebrates diversity through a community of 1,000 staff and 10,000 students including 1,600 international students from over 80 countries and valued links with the traditional owners of the land, the Ngunnawal people.
The University Library plays a significant role in the support of learning, teaching and research programs by providing access to scholarly information and providing services, both technical and instructional, to enable the use of that information by the University community for knowledge-enabled performance. The Library is a unit within the Division of Learning and Teaching, which enhances the overall student experience with a focus on supporting student learning through the development and delivery of student services, scholarly resources, academic policies, quality assurance, academic staff development, and educational technologies.
About Innovative Interfaces
For over 25 years, Innovative Interfaces has dedicated its energies to meeting the needs of libraries and the challenges of library automation. The company has fulfilled this mission with first-rate services and products such as the Millennium integrated library platform, the INN-Reach direct consortial borrowing solution, Electronic Resource Management, and the Encore discovery services platform. Today, thousands of libraries of all types in over 40 countries rely on Innovative's products, services, and support. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world.