Two neighbouring FE colleges in the South West of England have gone live with OLIB7, to develop their Learning Resources services …
OLIB7 has been implemented as the library technology solution within the new £1.5m Study Centre at Yeovil College. The Study Centre was officially opened in December 1999 by the Chair of the FEFC and is the centrepiece of a college-wide refurbishment programme.
OLIB7's integrated approach to the management and delivery of multimedia and online learning resource materials will enable the College to further extend plans to move towards open learning for all. The new Study Centre has been specially designed to provide resource areas dedicated to the support of subject specialisms. These areas contain mixed media resources, including study packs, online learning packs, book and journal materials.
OLIB7's WebView OPAC is at the heart of information discovery, accessible from within the Study Centre and cross-college. WebView will also be available in the Joint University Centre, to offer catalogue access to students attending H.E. programmes affiliated to both Bournemouth and Exeter Universities.
The OLIB7 catalogue was built by converting records from the outgoing Genesis system. Configurable circulation control within OLIB7 supports multi-site operation and will enable the Study Centre to serve the wide range of courses offered. A key benefit to circulation desk operations is that OLIB7 will link into the College's student management system - Fretwell-Downing Education's EBS Students solution – which will enable student data to be transferred directly into OLIB7.
Somerset College of Art and Technology (SCAT)
Nigel Pickles, Director of The Learning Resources Service at SCAT, has a clear vision of how OLIB7 will impact the delivery of learning resources, “ We recognised early on that OLIB7 would integrate into the wider learning support initiatives that are growing up around the college. Our collection of electronic objects, web-links and online learning resources are being integrated into the OLIB7 catalogue and WebView OPAC. This will provide seamless access to mixed media resources, and increase support for online learning”.
SCAT used OLIB7's data import facilities to bring in catalogue data from their outgoing Genesis system, and to import student information from the College's student management system - Fretwell-Downing Education's EBS Students. The end result was that SCAT achieved data conversion and implementation of the catalogue and circulation functions within 3 months.
OLIB7's WebView OPAC will be available college-wide. In recognition of the increase in H.E. courses at SCAT, WebView will be available at the University of Plymouth, initially for use by the Institute of Health Studies students who study at the University and at SCAT. The Learning Resources team recognises a trend towards more partnerships with other establishments, and one objective for the future is to implement OLIB7's Z server technology, to enable students to simultaneously search local and external databases.