As part of a plan to deliver an improved experience for staff and students using the library and information service, St. Vincent's Healthcare Group has chosen the Koha open source library management system to replace its existing Heritage system. 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.
St. Vincent's University Hospital
Niamh Lucey, Head of Library and Information Services said: " We have been very pleased to work with Interleaf Technology on the conversion of our old library management system to Koha. The transition has been very smooth and our new system is versatile and future-proof. It is very reassuring to have our LMS remotely hosted and supported by the Interleaf team"
Charles Quain, Director at Interleaf Technology added: "We are delighted to be working with St Vincent's Healthcare Group. 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 St. Vincent's Healthcare Group
The Hospital Group consists of three sites: St Vincent's Hospital, Elm Park was founded in 1834. St. Michael's Hospital, Dun Laoghaire was founded in 1876. St Vincent's Private Hospital, Merrion Road, was first opened in 1974.
St Vincent's Healthcare Group Libraries provides a modern professional library and information service to all staff and students across all three hospital sites. There are two library premises: one in St Vincent's University Hospital and one in St Michael's Hospital.
St. Vincent's University Hospital is a major academic teaching hospital. It provides a front line emergency service and national/regional medical care at inpatient and outpatient level and provides in excess of forty medical specialities. St Vincent's University Hospital is a health promoting hospital. Education and research are major components of the philosophy of St. Vincent's University Hospital, supported by the Library and Information Service
St. Michael's Hospital is a general hospital which has been providing a range of acute and specialised hospital services to the people of South Dublin and Wicklow for 140 years. St. Michael's has 130 inpatient beds incorporating 7-day, 5-day and day care facilities. The hospital provides care for both medical and surgical patients, as well as outpatient clinics St Vincent's Private Hospital is a not-for-profit private hospital which opened its new building in 2010. It provides a wide range of in-patient and out-patient diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical services with 236 in-patient beds and 54 day care services.
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, Omeka and VuFind, we are agents for Bibliotheca-3M security systems, Envisionware PC Reservation and Print Management solutions, OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks and BDS MARC records supply.