In August, 2011 students at The School of Continuing and Professional Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong will be using LibLime Academic Koha as part of their coursework. Students in Professor Derek Lui's "Information Technology and the Library" course will have the ability to learn cataloging and classification firsthand by creating records in their own ILS.
LibLime will provide the class and Professor Lui with a hosted installation of LibLime Academic Koha, free of charge. This program will allow the students unlimited access and all privileges associated with the staff end of the ILS as well as all OPAC functionality for the duration of the course. Using this version of LibLime Academic Koha, students will be able to create, edit, and delete MARC records, review them in the OPAC, and see how the ILS indexes work for retrieval.
"Koha is a real-life Integrated Library System being used by many libraries, from small to large, worldwide. It provides a wide spectrum of functions for librarians to manage the daily operations of a library," said Professor Lui. "With LibLime Academic Koha with Class, my students can gain hands-on experiences in using and administering an ILS. This also allows them to understand some complicated technical topics such as MARC structure and Z39.50 more easily."
LibLime's Koha with Class program is designed to give library school faculty a chance to embed the use of an ILS into their coursework and curricula. Students gain practical experience with library automation software as they prepare to enter the library workforce. LibLime provides free support for these Koha with Class installations, and already there are dozens of faculty members throughout North America taking advantage of this program. LibLime is looking to expand the program overseas to support librarianship at an international level.