Spring semester 2012, three schools are joining LibLime in the Koha with Class program. The three schools working with LibLime on this project include: The School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University; The Information School at the University of Washington Gallagher; and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College.
Library school students at these three Universities – taking classes in library automation and technology systems -- will be studying the principles for design, selection, implementation and management of automated systems of all types in libraries. Each course will cover the use of ILSs for technical service processing, reference and user services, and management. Both courses will include presentations and demos from vendors and systems librarians and possible site visits to libraries using ILS systems in their day-to-day operations.
Professor Richard Jost at the Information School at the University of Washington Gallagher stated "I want to use the Koha with Class program to provide my students with a hands-on experience with an integrated library system. For students entering the job market in these difficult economic times, having the added practical experience of working on a library system will better prepare them for job interviewing and launching their careers."
LibLime's Koha with Class program is designed to give library school faculty a chance to embed the use of an ILS into their coursework and curricula. This allows students to gain practical experience with library automation software as they prepare to enter the library workforce.
Professor Rong Tang at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College said, "I chose to use LibLime's Koha with Class program because it is the only program out there that provides students with exposure to the full capacity of various models of an integrated library system. The final project involves students creating library data using the circulation, cataloging, acquisition, and serials modules, and LibLime Academic Koha provides all the functions and allows students with programming knowledge the possibility to customize certain components of the system. In fall 2008 and 2009, I had multiple classes using LibLime Koha, the students all truly felt that it was an invaluable hands-on experience."
Many faculty members around the world are taking advantage of the free support that LibLime provides with the LibLime's Koha with Class installations. LibLime is striving to expand the program overseas to support librarianship at an international level. To learn more about the program visit or if you wish to get involved go to: http://www.liblime.com/we-give-back.