Capita's software services business has been selected by National College of Ireland to deliver its library management system (LMS), following a competitive procurement process.
The college has purchased Capita's fully-hosted cloud-based Chorus LMS, along with its Prism resource discovery solution, enabling students and staff to seamlessly search and access physical and electronic resources, as well as other institutional databases such as the institutional repository. The resource discovery solution will also allow students to search for learning materials, both on and off campus, with a mobile interface that can be used by students no matter what type of smartphone or tablet they use.
In addition, the college will use Capita's web-based interface Soprano, which will enable library staff to assist students, anywhere in the library and on or off campus. Designed specifically for mobile devices, Soprano will give staff the ability to issue and return items, make reservations, and answer enquiries, without having to be stuck behind the enquiries desk. It will also improve stock checking, circulation and picking efficiency.
National College of Ireland is based in Dublin's city centre and specialises in business and computing. The college offers a wide range of postgraduate and undergraduate courses. Further information about the National College of Ireland is available at www.ncirl.ie
Mary Buckley, Head of Library and Information Services, National College of Ireland, said:
"We chose Capita because we recognised that in order to attract and retain the very best students we needed a library system that would enable us to deliver a high quality and responsive service now and in the future.
"By enabling staff to perform key tasks anywhere and at any time, we will be able to provide a more flexible and personalised user experience."
Karen Reece, head of libraries at Capita's software services business, said: "We are very proud to be supporting National College of Ireland in its efforts to utilise the latest technology to deliver a first-rate library service.
"Capita's fully-hosted system will not only provide an enhanced experience for the library's users, but will also help reduce overheads, improve the security and accuracy of the college's data, and ensure that staff are using the most up-to-date software by delivering regular updates with new features."