Delivering on its goal of providing an improved experience for staff and students using the library and information service, the Respond! College has chosen the Koha open source library management system to automate its library service. Interleaf Technology has been contracted to implement the Koha system and to provide on-going support services.
Koha Library Management System
With the Koha LMS, library staff access to the system is completely web-based: Searching, circulation, cataloguing, serials and reports, acquisitions and EDI are all performed using a web browser.
The online catalogue offers an excellent search capability and a full range of personalisation services. Koha's depth of functionality continues to evolve and expand to meet the changing needs of its user base.
The Respond! College
Mairéad Mullaney, Librarian, said "After careful consideration, Respond! Housing Association selected Koha, a cloud-based and open source system, as its Library Management System (LMS). This system has been selected to improve the efficiency of sharing library information across three sites in Ireland; Dublin, Cork and Waterford and to enhance the student's learning experience by providing easier access to Respond!'s information resources."
Charles Quain, Director at Interleaf Technology added: "We are delighted to be working with Respond! College. Open Source Technologies and hosted solutions allow institutions with limited resources access to state-of-the art technology while achieving value for money. Our scaled support options means that libraries are not paying for levels of support that they don't need."
About Respond! College
Respond! College, part of the Respond! Housing Association, is committed to the development of education that strengthens the community and housing sectors. They aim to develop and deliver creative, innovative and unique educational programmes for the Irish housing and community sector that support vocational, personal and transformational learning by providing a range of courses across a continuum of learning opportunities, working in partnership with other organisations from the housing, community and educational sectors.
Respond! College also seeks to create a career pathway in housing and community work for those in local government, public service, community and voluntary sectors. To this end, Respond! obtained QQI-FETAC and QQI-HETAC accreditation and works collaboratively with other education institutions to deliver a variety of courses from Certificate and Diploma to full Degree levels.
About Interleaf Technology
Interleaf Technology Ltd. are the leading providers of technology solutions to the library market in Ireland. We have experience in Library Management Systems and related technologies spanning over 25 years. Our dedicated support team is committed to providing top class support to all our customers. As well as providing Open Source solutions such as Koha and VuFind, we are agents for 3M security systems, Envisionware PC Reservation and Print Management solutions, OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks and BDS MARC record supply.