Emeryville, CA—Edge Hill College of Higher Education, in Ormskirk, U.K., has selected Millennium after a rigorous evaluation process which included visits to other U.K. institutions using Innovative systems. Edge Hill staff determined that Millennium was the best choice to fulfill their main focus of providing an outstanding student experience, as well as developing a mobile phone text messaging initiative and managing electronic resources.
Edge Hill will be working with Innovative as a development partner in their Short Messaging Service (SMS) Initiative, which will allow the library to send text messages to patron's mobile phones to alert them that reserved items are on the shelf. Students will get an immediate notification from their mobile phone rather than waiting until they next check their email. "This service is paramount for students, particularly as many are working alongside their studies," says Sue Roberts, Head of Learning Services. "With this in mind we were keen to become associated with Innovative, which has built a strong reputation on their reliable and flexible software."
The management of Edge Hill's digital library was also an important consideration for library staff. Innovative products such as MetaFind (federated searching) and WebBridge (smart linking) will allow Learning Services to take a step further in providing stakeholders with less complicated access to the most appropriate resources. In addition to this, Electronic Resource Management will be an extremely useful module for the library's electronic journals team who currently manage over 8,000 journals manually, as well as for students who can access this information on the Web OPAC.
“We are delighted to be working with Innovative and feel that this new and exciting phase in our library management system development will add value to the staff and student experience," Roberts continues. "Our strategy to align services and ‘learner support' to the reality of studying and working in higher education today, will be well supported by our partnership with Innovative.”
"With SMS messaging, libraries can connect with patrons while they go about their daily routines through a method they prefer," says Betsy Graham, Vice President of Product Management at Innovative. "Reaching students through this enormously popular technology can help them avoid library fines and get access to materials more quickly than ever before."
About Edge Hill College of Higher Education
The main campus of Edge Hill is located in Ormskirk, with the Faculty of Health at Aintree University Hospital, Continuing Professional Development at Woodlands in Chorley, and the Business Learning Centre in Liverpool. Over 11,000 students attend Edge Hill, a quarter of them postgraduates. The majority are mature students and just under half study part time. Academic programs are comprehensive in a range of subjects including education, health sciences, law, media and communications, marketing, business, and information technology. One of the largest providers of Initial Teacher Training in the country, Edge Hill will train more secondary school teachers in 2005 and forward than any other institution in the U.K.
With over 25 years of partnership with the library community, Innovative Interfaces (www.iii.com) is the leader in providing Web-powered, Java™-based integrated library management systems. Its flagship product offering, Millennium, is an acknowledged market leader installed in thousands of libraries in 42 countries around the world. The company is headquartered in Emeryville, California, with offices around the world.