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Will 2018 be the year for affordable library digitisation?

Will 2018 be the year for affordable library digitisation?

Library digitisation is common place. New content comes in to the library in digital formats. Older materials get a second life through digitisation. And for many libraries under pressure to reduce floor space, it is a way of maintaining services. 

But storing all that data is an expense that many library's struggle…



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Year-round support for school library professionals with Oliver v5 webinars

Year-round support for school library professionals with Oliver v5 webinars

Softlink UK’s ‘Year in the Life of the Library’ webinars are a new series of informative sessions for school library professionals from all backgrounds, conveniently delivered in an online format by Softlink UK Senior Professional Services Consultant Rhonda Poacher.* Read on to find out more.

 

As January is…



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Top Softlink Education blog posts for 2017

Top Softlink Education blog posts for 2017

2017 was an exciting year for Softlink Education, with the release of our new-look Oliver v5 search interface in May and our newest product, LearnPath in October. 

Our Training and Support teams have been busy, both providing on-call help for customers’ individual needs and developing a range of resources including…



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Looking back on a wonderful year of Oliver v5 User Groups

Looking back on a wonderful year of Oliver v5 User Groups

by Softlink Education Global Customer Community Manager Susan Gan

2017 - What a year for User Groups!

Thank you to all our customers who attended International Oliver v5 User Group webinars throughout the year. Feedback about the events has been fantastic - you can read some of the comments from attendees below.



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Softlink training insights: top areas your Oliver v5 trainer checks

Softlink training insights: top areas your Oliver v5 trainer checks

In this post, Softlink APAC Training Manager Russell McGrath outlines some of the areas your trainer will want to check during a typical Oliver v5 training session. 

I have been delivering training for over 20 years to a wide range of schools worldwide.  When delivering training (either on-site or remotely), there are…



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The Softlink Scoop - Edition 12/2017

The Softlink Scoop - Edition 12/2017

A weekly round up of library and information center news and opinions from around the world.

In this week's edition:

  • Bench-marking pharmaceutical libraries
  • Reduced space and legal libraries
  • The release of the public library strategy for West Australia

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Softlink Information Centres delivers training to Library Services of Fiji

Softlink Information Centres delivers training to Library Services of Fiji

Softlink Information Centres Technical Analyst Sarah Thompson visited Fiji this week to deliver a series of training sessions on the Liberty library management system to Fiji’s public library staff.

Library Services of Fiji have been using the Liberty library management system since 2015. During the initial…



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The Softlink Scoop - Edition 11/2017

The Softlink Scoop - Edition 11/2017

A weekly round up of library and information center news and opinions from around the world.

In this week's edition:

  • The disappearing corporate library

  • Pilot of the national portal for victims of revenge porn

  • Ethics and morals in the development of AI

  • CSL seeks approval for phase three clinical…



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Announcing the winners of the Softlink Library Display Competition

Announcing the winners of the Softlink Library Display Competition

The 2017 Softlink Library Display Competition was a huge success, with school libraries from all over the world sharing photos of how they engage the students and teachers at their school with imaginative displays.

Based on popularity, the three winners of the 2017 Softlink Library Display Competition (listed in…



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How to get kids reading for pleasure these school holidays

How to get kids reading for pleasure these school holidays

The end of term is just around the corner – hooray! While students and educators are no doubt looking forward to a well-earned break, how can you be sure all your hard work helping students achieve results at school doesn’t come undone while they are away from their desks?

There’s plenty of research that…



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The Softlink Scoop - Edition 10/2017

The Softlink Scoop - Edition 10/2017

A weekly round up of library and information center news and opinions from around the world.

In this week's edition:

  • ICT professionals are not library and information professionals
  • Blockchain and information security
  • The 2017 In-House Lawyers Award winners
  • Saving historic computers

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The November Liberty Virtual User Group Meeting recordings are now available

The November Liberty Virtual User Group Meeting recordings are now available

Our Liberty Virtual User Group Meetings are packed full of useful content about recent & coming enhancements, and you get to see me demonstrate them "live".

We had a record turnout for both the Southern and Northern Hemisphere VUGMs in November, but don't worry if you missed out! Customers who were unable to attend…



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Free online training opportunities planned in 2018 for Liberty library users

Free online training opportunities planned in 2018 for Liberty library users

Liberty library management system customers in the Southern Hemisphere recently took part in a free half-day online training session for Serials. Delivered by Softlink Australia’s Alex Spencer and Justin Westacott, the online session was the 1st of its kind to be delivered by the APAC Softlink Information Centres…



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The Softlink Scoop - Edition 9/2017

The Softlink Scoop - Edition 9/2017

A weekly round up of library and information center news and opinions from around the world.

In this week's edition:

  • A new lawyer free legal "firm" called Ailira comes to the Northern Territory
  • Part 2 of Choosing the right legal solutions
  • AI-powered microscopes
  • Old technology re-purposed

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Exploring visual literacy with picture books

Exploring visual literacy with picture books

Softlink welcomes guest blogger Josephine Laretive, K-6 Teacher Librarian at Moriah College, SydneyJosephine has been working in the profession since 2002. Having previously completed a Graduate Diploma in Information Studies Teacher Librarianship, she is currently updating her studies and completing a Master of…



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The Softlink Scoop - Edition 8/2017

The Softlink Scoop - Edition 8/2017

A weekly round up of library and information center news and opinions from around the world.

In this week's edition:

  • What makes a law firm a dynamic industry leader?
  • Virtual reality and medical research
  • Law firms and the application of bots
  • PowerPoint with augmented reality

 



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Softlink Information Centres gets social

Softlink Information Centres gets social

The Softlink Information Centres team is now on Twitter and LinkedIn and we would like to connect with you!

Dedicated to special, academic, public and other libraries, these new channels will bring you industry news, blogs, events and company announcements.

Follow the links below to connect on your preferred social…



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Commemorating our Veterans in the School Library

Commemorating our Veterans in the School Library

Armistice Day is this weekend, Saturday 11th November.

Around the world, it’s an occasion to reflect and remember the sacrifice of those who fought and suffered tragic losses in two world wars last century, and in countless other conflicts before and since.

Schools have a special role to play in helping young…



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The Softlink Scoop - Edition 7/2017

The Softlink Scoop - Edition 7/2017

A weekly round up of library and information center news and opinions from around the world.

In this week's edition:

  • Slides and video from IFLA's November 1st webinar
  • AI and the medical world 
  • The 2017 Boyer Lectures
  • Primary Research Group survey for law librarians

 



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Part 4, Curriculum and Makerspaces – inspiration from St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School

Part 4, Curriculum and Makerspaces – inspiration from St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School

Softlink is delighted to introduce guest blogger Jackie Child, Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School in Brisbane and author of the TinkeringChild.com blog. Jackie is a passionate primary educator with over 40 years’ experience and a sessional tutor for pre-service teachers at Griffith…



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The Softlink Scoop - Edition 6/2017

The Softlink Scoop - Edition 6/2017

 A weekly round up of library and information center news and opinions from around the world.



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Part 3, Curriculum and Makerspaces – inspiration from St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School

Part 3, Curriculum and Makerspaces – inspiration from St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School

Softlink is delighted to introduce guest blogger Jackie Child, Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School in Brisbane and author of the TinkeringChild.com blog. Jackie is a passionate primary educator with over 40 years’ experience and a sessional tutor for pre-service teachers at Griffith…



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Boost library use and affirm the value of teacher-librarians with LearnPath

Boost library use and affirm the value of teacher-librarians with LearnPath

One of the challenges of today’s media-saturated world is finding ways to effectively manage the vast amounts of data and information at our disposal. This challenge is well documented by researchers, who have given it names such as ‘information overload’, ‘cognitive overload’ and ‘infobesity’, as its…



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Part 2, Curriculum and Makerspaces – inspiration from St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School

Part 2, Curriculum and Makerspaces – inspiration from St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School

Softlink is delighted to introduce guest blogger Jackie Child, Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School in Brisbane and author of the TinkeringChild.com blog. Jackie is a passionate primary educator with over 40 years’ experience and a sessional tutor for pre-service teachers at Griffith…



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The Softlink Scoop - Edition 5/2017

The Softlink Scoop - Edition 5/2017

 A weekly round up of library and information center news and opinions from around the world.



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Exciting news from Softlink Education

Exciting news from Softlink Education

We're excited to announce that Softlink Education's inaugural Oliver v5 User Conference: Vision and Community will be held on Friday 18th May, 2018 at Rydges, in Brisbane’s popular South Bank precinct.

Rydges South Bank is the perfect location for a conference, with its stylish function rooms and easy access to…



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Content curation for public, special and academic libraries

Content curation for public, special and academic libraries

Curating your library’s content is a great way to help your users understand the context and real-world applications of your resources and data. Widely popular in academic libraries for connecting students to course-related resources, content curation is also incredibly effective in law, medical and other special…



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The Softlink Scoop - Edition 4/2017

The Softlink Scoop - Edition 4/2017

A weekly round up of library and information center news and opinions from around the world.



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Part 1, Curriculum and Makerspaces – inspiration from St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School

Part 1, Curriculum and Makerspaces – inspiration from St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School

Softlink is delighted to introduce guest blogger Jackie Child, Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School in Brisbane and author of the TinkeringChild.com blog. Jackie is a passionate primary educator with over 40 years’ experience and a sessional tutor for pre-service teachers at Griffith University.

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The Softlink Scoop - Edition 3/2017

The Softlink Scoop - Edition 3/2017

A weekly round up of library and information center news and opinions from around the world.



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Get your students involved in #GIFITUP2017

Get your students involved in #GIFITUP2017

Are your students content consumers or content creators? As digital natives, chances are they do plenty of both, but if their content creation is limited to social media posts or selfies with stickers on Snapchat, it can be difficult to see the educational value.

Digital content creation is a literacy skill for the…



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The Softlink Scoop - Edition 2/2017

The Softlink Scoop - Edition 2/2017

A weekly round up of library and information center news and opinions from around the world.



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2017 Softlink UK School Library Survey now open for submissions

2017 Softlink UK School Library Survey now open for submissions

The 2017 Softlink UK School Library Survey launched on the 20th of September 2017 and is open until the 16th of October.

The Survey provides school library staff with the opportunity to have their say on trends and issues facing school libraries.

Responses will be used to develop a report containing valuable…



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The Softlink Information Centres team have a blooming good time at LIANZA 2017

The Softlink Information Centres team have a blooming good time at LIANZA 2017

Overlooking a race track, handing out packets of bright flower seeds, with a bottle of champagne on the table, you would be forgiven for thinking the Softlink team were relaxing at spring racing carnival. But Sarah and Lyn were actually exhibiting at one of our favourite conferences- LIANZA!

Library and information…



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Search strategies for improved search results

Search strategies for improved search results

How long has it been since you refreshed your search strategies?

If you are anything like me you would have learnt about search strategies as part of your library course and then gradually, over time, forgotten about their importance and stopped using them.

Whether you are searching the internet or searching Oliver,…



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The Softlink Scoop - Edition 1/2017

The Softlink Scoop - Edition 1/2017

A weekly round up of library and information center news and opinions from around the world.



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What are the most important services and objectives for school libraries?

What are the most important services and objectives for school libraries?

The 2017 Australian and New Zealand School Library Survey closed on 11 September. The response was fantastic with 995 participants. A big thank you to everyone that responded.

Since 2010, the Australian Survey has gathered information about school libraries including budgets, resourcing, trends, and library practices.…

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What are you doing for Roald Dahl Day?

What are you doing for Roald Dahl Day?

As you’ve probably heard by now, September 13th is the birthday of the celebrated children’s author Roald Dahl, creator of such impish, irreverent, and unforgettable works of fiction as The Witches, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. For schools and libraries around the world, it’s an occasion to…



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School library professionals are change leaders for the digital age

School library professionals are change leaders for the digital age

The latest edition of ACCESS, the Australian School Library Association’s professional journal for educators and researchers, features an article by Softlink's Director of Marketing, Nikki Curtis. In her article, Nikki combines theoretical perspectives on adaptive and agile leadership with findings from Softlink’s…



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It’s National Literacy and Numeracy Week!

It’s National Literacy and Numeracy Week!

How did that sneak up so quickly? Last year, we put together a blog post with ideas for activities to celebrate Literacy, and it was super popular! In fact, it was one of our most visited and shared posts of the year, so we thought the time was right to share it again:…



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The 2017 Liberty National User Conference and Masterclass training comes to Melbourne

The 2017 Liberty National User Conference and Masterclass training comes to Melbourne

Following the success of the New Zealand Liberty National User Conference in May, 46 librarians from across Australia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea came together in Melbourne in August for the Australian full day conference and additional Masterclass training day.

Presentations from Softlink staff provided the delegates…



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Guest post: Getting creative with library outreach at Alzheimer’s Australia

Guest post: Getting creative with library outreach at Alzheimer’s Australia

In our latest guest post, Liberty user Stroma Mauritzen talks about how the Alzheimer’s Australia library service has created a vibrant and successful library outreach program through pop up libraries, blogging, a “recommended reading” sticker, and the exciting opportunities they are investigating for the future.

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2017 Australian and New Zealand School Library Survey now open for submissions

2017 Australian and New Zealand School Library Survey now open for submissions

We were excited to launch the 2017 Softlink Australian and New Zealand School library survey last Thursday 17 August. The survey, which closes on Monday 11 September this year, has received almost 500 responses already!

The survey looks at school library budgets, staffing, current trends and issues. The results…



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Save time and streamline your cataloguing using SCIS and Oliver v5

Save time and streamline your cataloguing using SCIS and Oliver v5

School librarians are set with the challenging task of juggling various roles throughout their day. Between resourcing the curriculum, promoting active involvement in the library, and teaching library and information literacy skills, library staff also tend to a multitude of day-to-day activities, including loans,…



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How to organise a local user group

How to organise a local user group

Part of my global role as Customer Community Manager involves organising and hosting four International User webinars each year for both the APAC (Asia-Pacific) and EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa) regions.

I’ve noticed we have lots of clients interested in attending both International User webinars and local…



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Librarians gather for London Liberty User Group Meeting and training

Librarians gather for London Liberty User Group Meeting and training

UK users of our Liberty library management system recently came together in London to advance their skills and find out more about upcoming features.

The sessions, hosted by Liberty customer Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, also gave users the opportunity to meet with Softlink Australia’s Sarah Thompson…



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Colour and comfort in a compact library space

Colour and comfort in a compact library space

Buninyong Primary School is situated in an area filled with history on the outskirts of Ballarat in Victoria. The school’s main campus even incorporates some historic buildings, including the original Buninyong Police Station, which is now used as a breakaway space for students.

Over the years, the school library…



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Theological libraries attend Liberty User Group Meeting following 2017 ANZTLA Conference

Theological libraries attend Liberty User Group Meeting following 2017 ANZTLA Conference

Softlink Business Development Manager, Lyn Walker, recently visited Perth to meet with theological libraries from Australia and New Zealand at the 2017 ANZTLA conference.

During the conference, visitors to the Softlink stand entered into the draw for a bottle of Moet champagne which was won by Jeremy Adams from…



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Announcing the Softlink library display competition

Announcing the Softlink library display competition

Do you enjoy creating library displays? If so, then we have the perfect competition for you!

Over the next 6 months we are running a library display competition for Softlink customers, culminating in a worldwide final in the form of an online vote. We encourage you to submit photos of your best library displays and…



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All about Oliver v5 group training – and why you should give it a try

All about Oliver v5 group training – and why you should give it a try

I’ve presented hundreds, (possibly thousands) of training sessions since I started at Softlink. If you’ve been a Softlink customer for a while, you may even remember attending my OASIS, Alice, and Oliver v3 courses.

Group training is very popular, and there are plenty of reasons why attendees find these sessions…



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New research into school library effectiveness from UK National Literacy Trust

New research into school library effectiveness from UK National Literacy Trust

How much impact do school libraries have on student outcomes? And what qualities are essential for high-performing school libraries?

A recently released report on School Libraries from the UK National Literacy Trust looked at a variety of research that addresses these questions and found – unsurprisingly – that…



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Oliver v5 usability testing - with students, for students

Oliver v5 usability testing - with students, for students

Library professionals know what a positive contribution an intuitive, easy to use school library system can make to achieving educational outcomes for their students.

At Softlink, we take a user-centred approach to product development. This means we start by understanding what users need and want from a library…



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Oliver v5 New Features webinars

Oliver v5 New Features webinars

Softlink Education Customer Community Susan Gan reflects on recent Oliver v5 New Features webinars

The recent New Features webinars that I hosted were extremely popular with our Oliver v5 clients with schools logging in from all over the world to attend the free sessions.

From the APAC (Asia-Pacific) region we had…



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Introducing the Softlink Education Support Teams

Introducing the Softlink Education Support Teams

Introducing the Softlink Education Support Teams

Great support comes from a combination of personal care, knowledge and access to resources. It improves your software experience, and your day!  A core focus for Softlink is the delivery of high quality support, in the form of inbuilt help resources, free webinars,…



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Scan articles provide great ideas for school libraries

Scan articles provide great ideas for school libraries

Over the course of the rollout of Oliver v5 to New South Wales DoE school libraries, regular articles in the Scan journal have played a pivotal role in providing information to library and teaching professionals.

The articles, contributed by Department staff and school users, have included information and great ideas…



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Responding to the needs of an evolving school community in the St Michael’s College Resource Centre

Responding to the needs of an evolving school community in the St Michael’s College Resource Centre

I am excited to introduce our first school library guest bloggers! Maria Pepe-Micholos, Teacher Librarian and Peter O’Toole, Librarian manage the Resource Centre for the St Michael’s College Secondary Campus at Henley Beach. In this post they discuss how their buzzing Resource Centre is adapting to meet the needs…



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EduTECH 2017 - it’s a wrap!

EduTECH 2017 - it’s a wrap!

The EduTECH 2017 conference and expo held in Sydney on the 8th and 9th of June was an incredible experience for the Softlink Education team, and we’re still buzzing from all the excitement!

EduTECH is one of the biggest events on the calendar for the Education sector in Australia, and one which Softlink looks…



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Users meet in Wellington for New Zealand Liberty National User Conference

Users meet in Wellington for New Zealand Liberty National User Conference

Thirty seven library and information science professionals from New Zealand, Australia and Papua New Guinea recently came together for the 2017 Liberty National User Conference and Masterclass in Wellington.

Feedback from delegates has been overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing their appreciation for the…



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Great digital literacy skills ideas for your school library

Great digital literacy skills ideas for your school library

School libraries play an important role in equipping students with the digital literacy skills they need to effectively navigate the sea of information available online. However when digital natives feel like they are already masters of the online search, how can teacher librarians tailor the curriculum to engage their…



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Kids’ Lit Quiz New Zealand - winners announced

Kids’ Lit Quiz New Zealand - winners announced

What would happen if we treated reading in schools the way we treat sports? That’s the driving question that led the New Zealand expert in Children’s Literature, Wayne Mills, to create Kids’ Lit Quiz back in 1991.

Kids’ Lit Quiz is all about celebrating readers and encouraging a reading culture in schools, by…



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Softlink hosting services keep library data safe from WannaCry Ransomware attack

Softlink hosting services keep library data safe from WannaCry Ransomware attack

As businesses around the globe respond to the WannaCry ransomware attack, we would like to reassure our Softlink hosted customers that their library data is safe.

Softlink’s Professional Services team was quick to respond to the threat by ensuring the necessary patches to servers were in place, as well as that our…



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A sneak peek at the new look Oliver v5 Search interface

A sneak peek at the new look Oliver v5 Search interface

For the past few weeks I have been writing the New Features documentation for the new look Oliver v5 Search interface, also known as Oliver v5 Build 8.023. This has involved testing the new functionality, making sure it works the way we expect it to, thinking about what it means to our customers, taking lots of…



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New ARLIS census paints a picture of art librarians

New ARLIS census paints a picture of art librarians

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) has released the preliminary findings of a survey of the demographics of art information professionals in North America.

The Census of Art Information Professionals was the first of its kind conducted by ARLIS/NA and delved into demographics, educational…



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2016 Softlink School Library Survey Report has been released

2016 Softlink School Library Survey Report has been released

The Softlink Australian and New Zealand School Library Survey examines key trends and issues impacting school libraries, and helps to advocate the role of school libraries and library staff to education decision makers.

The report* outlines the findings from the 2016 survey into Australian and New Zealand school…



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What is happening in American libraries in 2017?

What is happening in American libraries in 2017?

The American Library Association has released their annual “State of America’s Libraries” report for 2017 which includes information on the top 10 challenged books.

Below are the key messages of this year’s report.

Academic Libraries

“Academic librarians are embracing new responsibilities in such areas as…



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The role of data management discussed at NZ science and research conference

The role of data management discussed at NZ science and research conference

130 staff from New Zealand’s Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR) came together in Wellington recently to discuss the great science being undertaken across their four science centres, as well as the valuable work of their support staff (including ESR’s Information and Research Services…



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Books and baking sustain community life at the British School in Tokyo

Books and baking sustain community life at the British School in Tokyo

At the British School in Tokyo, librarians Richie Steven and Michael Bell work hard to cultivate a sense of home away from home for the many expat families who join the school community. With an enticing mix of storytelling, information services and delicious food, Richie and Michael have turned the school’s three…



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Fantastic response to the new-look Oliver v5

Fantastic response to the new-look Oliver v5

If you subscribe to the Softlink newsletter or you’re a regular visitor to our blog, you’d be aware that Oliver v5 is about to have a brand new look.

The new-look Oliver v5 school library management system was announced at the end of March and since then we’ve been out and about, showing the new search interface…



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Are you on the latest Oliver v5 update?

Are you on the latest Oliver v5 update?

Are you on the latest Oliver v5 update and taking advantage of all the newest functionality available to you?

Oliver v5 Build 8.022 is the latest release available to our supported users and just one of the ten updates planned annually by the Softlink Development Team. With so many updates planned, you can be sure…



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International reading quiz turns students into superstars

International reading quiz turns students into superstars

The Kids' Lit Quiz is probably the largest international reading quiz for school students. From its beginning in New Zealand in 1991, schools from the UK, South Africa, Canada, USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and, of course, New Zealand are now involved in this annual celebration of literacy.

Softlink has been a…



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#NSWDoE Oliver v5 completion milestone celebration

#NSWDoE Oliver v5 completion milestone celebration

Softlink was excited to be at John Edmondson High School on Thursday 30th March, to celebrate the successful completion of the Oliver v5 roll out to all 2240 NSW DoE schools.

Some of the event tweets are published below. You can access the Storify feed here.

Department videos showing the educational benefits of…



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Softlink offers access to better school catalogue records with SCIS

Softlink offers access to better school catalogue records with SCIS

The Schools Catalogue Information Service (SCIS) and Softlink have collaborated for a number of years to provide school libraries with streamlined access to enhanced catalogue records through the Oliver v5 library management system.

The integration between Oliver v5 and SCIS makes school library cataloguing quicker…



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Increase student engagement with Oliver v5’s enhanced Resource Reviews

Increase student engagement with Oliver v5’s enhanced Resource Reviews

Oliver v5’s Resource Review functionality has been enhanced to enable even greater student engagement!

Students can still give a star rating with their review, but they can now do so much more. The Rich Text Format editor is easy to use and makes creating reviews fun.

To write a review students just search for the…



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Do medical libraries benefit from strong alliances with IT?

Do medical libraries benefit from strong alliances with IT?

The findings of a new survey into collaboration between medical libraries and information technology departments has been published in the January 2017 edition of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

In Meeting at the crossroads: collaboration between information technology departments and health sciences…



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Student feedback helps development of the new look Oliver v5 school library system

Student feedback helps development of the new look Oliver v5 school library system

Softlink is excited to be unveiling a new look for the Oliver v5 school library management system. We are sure your students are going to share our passion for it too, because it’s been designed with students, for students.

Softlink Business Analyst, Dion Dias explained how the latest changes were directly aimed at…



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Strong partnerships save the day for Hercules Road State School library

Strong partnerships save the day for Hercules Road State School library

The library team at Hercules Road State School had good reason to celebrate after a potentially problematic hardware breakdown caused complications to their beginning of term schedule.

The school lost the server which housed their Oliver v5 system and back up library data.

Curriculum Co-ordinator Katie Rogers said…



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Appraisal Institute solves business challenges with Liberty and illumin

Appraisal Institute solves business challenges with Liberty and illumin

The Appraisal Institute, based in Chicago, is a global association of professional real estate appraisers, with 19,000 members and 80 chapters worldwide. The Institute funds and operates the Y.T. and Louise Lee Lum Library, which provides members with reference services in all areas of real estate appraisal.

Eric…



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A great response to the Innovative School Libraries feature

A great response to the Innovative School Libraries feature

There has been a great response to the recent “School Libraries Share Innovative Ideas” feature which we blogged about a few weeks ago.

The findings of the paper have been featured in the March edition of ACCESS, the Australian School Library Association’s professional journal for educators and researchers, and…



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No dull moments during Liberty training with Papua New Guinea librarians

No dull moments during Liberty training with Papua New Guinea librarians

Software training can get a bad rep as being dull, but that was far from the case when Softlink’s Sarah Thompson and Lyn Walker visited Papua New Guinea to deliver a two-day Liberty library management system training workshop in February.

Fifteen librarians, representing a number of Papua New Guinea libraries,…



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International school librarians unite in Singapore

International school librarians unite in Singapore

Softlink is proud to have sponsored the latest Librarians Knowledge Sharing Workshop, which was held in Singapore on 17th and 18th February. This conference, hosted by United World College of South East Asia, was attended by over 80 delegates from international schools throughout Asia. Pre-conference library tours and…



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5 Reasons your IT team will love your new library management system

5 Reasons your IT team will love your new library management system

Your IT team are important stakeholders in any new software decision. It's important they feel confident with the robustness of the technology, security, ease of use, and access to support.

IT staff will appreciate how secure, flexible and reliable Softlink’s systems are. But the main benefit for IT staff when you…



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Do innovative libraries need to be radical for success?

Do innovative libraries need to be radical for success?

Without delving into the challenges faced by 21st century libraries too much, I'm sure we can all pinpoint a time when we read something about innovative libraries and thought to ourselves "Wow, how on earth did they manage to pull that together? I rarely get time to finish my coffee before it goes cold!"

Why do we…



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Implementation: Top tips from Softlink’s top specialists

Implementation: Top tips from Softlink’s top specialists

Softlink specialists have been transitioning libraries to new systems for years and have developed a reliable, step-by-step process that takes the stress out of new software implementations. The process ensures smooth transition of data, so libraries can have their new systems up and running fast and be reaping the…



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21st century learning driven by thriving school libraries

21st century learning driven by thriving school libraries

A report released by the ACT Government Education Directorate is paving the way for open discussions about the role that school libraries play in 21st century learning.

The report, “School Libraries: The Heart of 21st Century Learning”, draws from Australian and International research on the impact of teacher…



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School libraries share innovative practices

School libraries share innovative practices

School library staff are creative, always looking for new and exciting ways to make their libraries better and more attractive for students, teachers, and other visitors.

Here at Softlink, we’re always hearing about libraries where awesome things are happening, and we thought it would be great to document and share…



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Everything you wanted to know about Reading Lists but were afraid to ask!

Everything you wanted to know about Reading Lists but were afraid to ask!

Reading Lists are a valuable tool in Oliver v5, which library staff can use to help their borrowers easily locate specific resources.

Some suggested topics for Reading Lists are:

  • Class assignments
  • Special occasions (i.e. Christmas, Easter, Halloween)
  • Popular authors
  • Popular series
  • ‘If you liked….’ OR…


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OverDrive eBook statistics show student lending on the rise

OverDrive eBook statistics show student lending on the rise

Big jump in eBook statistics in 2016

OverDrive have released their 2016 eBook statistics, which show that the number of eBooks and audiobooks borrowed on the OverDrive K-12 digital reading platform rose 48% compared to 2015. 

Over the last few years, the Softlink Australian and New Zealand School Library Survey has…



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6 ideas to boost your information centre & library marketing

6 ideas to boost your information centre & library marketing

6 ideas to boost your information centre and library marketing

Library marketing doesn't need to be complicated! Just a few small changes can make a big difference to how your patrons view your library.

We've put together some tools and strategies you can use to promote the value of your information centre or…



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Focus on simplicity and flexibility with the latest new features in Oliver v5

Focus on simplicity and flexibility with the latest new features in Oliver v5

Users of Oliver v5 benefit from regular new feature updates, which are developed in direct response to feedback and insights provided by our active User Community.

Two of the most recently added new features, Smart Cataloguing and Due-Between Dates, are designed to make things even easier for busy school librarians.



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Digitising Material - Preserving and Managing Digital Content

Digitising Material - Preserving and Managing Digital Content

Increasingly, new information is being created in digital format however there is still a significant amount of physical material, much of it fragile or vulnerable to damage, that can be converted to digital format.

For all libraries, digitising important physical records and files can future-proof against damage or…



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Integration of e-books key factor for St Andrew’s

Integration of e-books key factor for St Andrew’s

Originally published in schoolnews, issue 27, Term 4 2014

St Andrew’s College in Christchurch had Softlink’s Oliver v5 library management system installed in July 2013. A private, co-educational school, St Andrew’s has 1300 students on the roll – 400 in the preparatory school, years 1-8, and 900 in the…



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Promoting Oliver in your school

Promoting Oliver in your school

School library staff often ask me for advice on how they can promote Oliver to their students, teachers and parents to get them actively engaging in their school library. Rather than giving my opinion, I’ve decided to pass on some feedback from the experts, our customers.

Thank you to all the clients who provided…



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Qld School Library Association announces 2016 Award recipients

Qld School Library Association announces 2016 Award recipients

The Queensland School Library Association (QSLA) has announced the recipients of the 2016 QSLA Awards in four categories. A big congratulations to all of the Award recipients.

In recent years Oliver v5 users have been regular recipients of the QSLA Awards, and the tradition continues this year with Debra McGhee from…



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