I was pleased to rise in the House today to update all members -- and all Islanders -- on an exciting project that will help our students enhance literacy and research skills in a 21st Century learning environment.
The new "Koha integrated library system" is now officially in operation in all Island school libraries.
This user friendly web-based system provides greater access to all students, teachers and parents who may wish to search their school library resources online from any computer -- at home or at school.
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has invested $1.2 million into this capital project over the past three years.
Madam Speaker, The Koha integrated library system enables teacher-librarians to search other school library holdings to assist with the selection, evaluation, and ordering of resources.
Links have been provided on school websites to enable teachers, students and parents to search their school library from home.
Madam Speaker, teacher-librarians were telling us …
- that processing and managing of inventory was very time consuming and complicated under the old system
- staff can now view all school library holdings on a user-friendly centralized database.
- with less required managerial time, teacher-librarians have more time and more freedom to interact with students.
Madam Speaker, this project resulted in a significant investment in technology for schools across Prince Edward Island.
A total of 690 workstations, 59 laptops, 69 scanners, and 63 network printers were installed in school libraries.
Two dedicated centralized servers were installed and wiring upgrades were carried out at 28 schools to accommodate the new Koha system.
Technology is becoming more and more important for students of all ages.
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is pleased to introduce this new user-friendly efficient web based system that will help students improve literacy skills.
It will enable access to more digital resources such as online encyclopedias, data bases and electronic texts.
And, as Minister, I am pleased to acknowledge and thank staff for their efforts.
Staff from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development worked together with IT Shared Services......some are in attendance today:
- Carol Fitzpatrick, Resource-Based Learning Specialist with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
- Sheila Barnes, Elementary Coordinator, English Programs
- Gordon MacFadyen, Director of Administration and Corporate Services
Representatives from IT Shared Services include ...
- Trevor Gaudet - project manager
- Stacey Macdonald - application support consultant
- Patti Costello - application support specialist
- Richard Birt - Program Analyst
Thank you for your dedication and hard work!
For more information on the new "Koha integrated library system" … contact a school librarian … or visit your school's website.