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…



Share:

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…


Share:

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…



Share:

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…



Share:

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.



Share:

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…



Share:

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…



Share:

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…



Share:

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…



Share:

Softlink development inspired by users

Softlink development inspired by users

Have you ever wondered what’s behind the creative process that goes into developing Liberty and illumin? In his first post for the Softlink blog, Development Manager James Martin explains how he and his team come up with the features and refinements that go into each new software release. 

Like most technology,…



Share:

A New Years resolution for school libraries

A New Years resolution for school libraries

It’s not just the students counting down to that final bell that marks the Christmas school holidays, is it? But before you lock up the school library for your well-deserved break, have you thought about what you would like to change when those doors re-open in the New Year?

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions…



Share:

Katie Dayani: Leveraging change and promoting the library’s value

Katie Dayani: Leveraging change and promoting the library’s value

Journalist-turned-librarian Katie Dayani recently spoke with Maida Rubin, global Customer Community Manager for Softlink’s Information Centres division, to discuss how librarians can leverage changes in technology and promote their value within the companies they provide services to.

Why do you think it is essential…



Share:

Shared resources: collaboration between schools doesn’t cost independence with Oliver v5

Shared resources: collaboration between schools doesn’t cost independence with Oliver v5

Originally published in SLANZA Collected Magazine.

Every school is looking for ways to improve academic outcomes and operational efficiencies. For some, co-location, multi-campus or education campus models are an effective solution that benefits the entire community.

For the school libraries involved in these…



Share:

Have yourself a very bookish Christmas with our fun quiz

Have yourself a very bookish Christmas with our fun quiz

It's an early Christmas present from Softlink - a fun quiz to show off your Christmas fiction knowledge.

Are you all over Christmas fiction like custard on a Christmas pudding? Or does it excite you as much as a Christmas cracker with no bang?

Take our quiz and don't forget to share the fun with your colleagues!



Share:

UK’s children’s laureates stress the importance of school libraries

UK’s children’s laureates stress the importance of school libraries

The case for school libraries continues to gain momentum, as children’s laureate Chris Riddell, backed by all 8 former children’s laureates called on the Department of Education to ensure there was equitable access to school library funding.

[Click here to read Chris Riddell’s full (and beautifully illustrated)…



Share:

Are you using Oliver to its full potential? (Part Two)

Are you using Oliver to its full potential? (Part Two)

In ‘Are you using Oliver to its full potential? (Part One)’ we looked at how Oliver could be used to keep track of school equipment. Part two covers suggestions for using Oliver to keep track of your school archival information.

Before you get started you should consider the following:

  1. Does your school already…


Share:

Preserving born-digital content for future generations

Preserving born-digital content for future generations

An increasing amount of content is originating in digital form. Many libraries are faced with the problem of assessing what born-digital content needs to be preserved, and how to manage that process.

I recently read a Q&A with David Wong, Assistant Director-General, Information Technology, at the National Library of…



Share:

Survey explores the research practices of Australian Library & Information Science Professionals

Survey explores the research practices of Australian Library & Information Science Professionals

Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals are invited to participate in a research project being coordinated by the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Charles Sturt University (CSU), the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), and National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA).



Share:

Boosting student engagement with exciting new features in Oliver v5

Boosting student engagement with exciting new features in Oliver v5

Oliver v5 customers now have two new search features at their disposal that will help engage students in their exploration of the school library’s resources.

Tiled Search results and the Orbit Super Search (Federated Search for Oliver v5’s junior interface users) have been rolled out in the latest update to Oliver…



Share:

What school libraries can learn from the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report

What school libraries can learn from the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report

Earlier this year Scholastic released the Kids and Family Reading Report which explored family attitudes and behaviours in relation to reading for fun.

The report centres on reading for pleasure and offers some great insights that school libraries could leverage in the work they do to promote literacy and reading.

1)…



Share:

Are you using Oliver to its full potential? (Part One)

Are you using Oliver to its full potential? (Part One)

Did you know that Oliver isn’t just a Library Management System? You can use Oliver to keep track of resources throughout your entire school.

Archival information, textbooks and computers are the most popular resources being tracked by our clients but they are also tracking musical instruments, sheet music, lawn…



Share:

Forget about buzzwords, it’s the concepts behind Makerspaces that school libraries should focus on

Forget about buzzwords, it’s the concepts behind Makerspaces that school libraries should focus on

Softlink was privileged to have Kay Oddone speak about Makerspaces as part of our ongoing webinar series for school libraries in Australia and New Zealand.

Kay is an experienced speaker and workshop facilitator, with over 18 years' experience in Education.

In her position as Librarian for ResourceLink, Brisbane…



Share:

2016 Softlink UK School Library Survey points to stabilisation of staffing and resourcing

2016 Softlink UK School Library Survey points to stabilisation of staffing and resourcing

The 2016 Softlink UK School Library Survey has been released and, with 84% of respondents indicating that their school library staffing stayed the same this year, the findings suggest that there may have been a much needed stabilisation between 2015 and 2016.

Despite the stabilisation, Softlink Education’s Director…



Share:

Softlink’s Oliver v5 supporting future learning for NSW DoE school libraries

Softlink’s Oliver v5 supporting future learning for NSW DoE school libraries

Over 1,780 NSW Department of Education school libraries have now migrated to Oliver v5.

By the time the rollout is completed in 2017, over 2,200 NSW DoE school libraries will be enjoying the educational and administration benefits of their new solution.

Feedback from school libraries regarding the Oliver v5 training…



Share:

Softlink Sponsors SLA School Librarian of the Year Awards 2016

Softlink Sponsors SLA School Librarian of the Year Awards 2016

The UK School Library Association’s School Librarian of the Year Award for 2016 was presented to Amy McKay, Corby Business College, at a special ceremony on October 3rd.

The School Librarian of the Year Award recognises the excellent work that is carried out in school libraries in the United Kingdom every day, and…



Share:

Fanning the creative fires with Design Thinking for Libraries

Fanning the creative fires with Design Thinking for Libraries

Remember that buzz you had when you stepped foot into your library for the first time? Everywhere you looked, you saw opportunities to make a difference and felt like you would be able to conquer them all well before your first anniversary in the job.

A few years in and you’ve done a great job, made some big…



Share:

Softlink’s Rhonda Poacher, ALIA Member of the Month 2016

Softlink’s Rhonda Poacher, ALIA Member of the Month 2016

As an Australian ex-pat living in the United Kingdom, Softlink’s Rhonda Poacher maintains her ALIA membership and was excited to be approached to become their Member of the Month this year.

In the late 90’s Rhonda decided to take unpaid leave from her position at the Australian Department of Defence Library…



Share:

Free webinar - Creating a Makerspace in Your School Library – presented by Kay Oddone

Free webinar - Creating a Makerspace in Your School Library – presented by Kay Oddone

Makerspaces are a buzzword; they are cool, they are hip, and they are now! But are they worth it? Why would your library want to instigate one? And how on earth do you begin?

Join Kay Oddone for a free, one hour presentation as she discusses the ins and outs of creating a makerspace in your school library.

When:



Share:

How to engage your students with Oliver v5 (Part Two)

How to engage your students with Oliver v5 (Part Two)

Are you taking advantages of all the features in Oliver v5 to engage your students? Here are a few more ideas for you to try.

Orbit interface

There are lots of different ways you can use Orbit to engage your Junior and Middle school students.

Below are just a few suggestions.

1. Seasonal Backgrounds and Avatars



Share:

Softlink’s new Customer Community Manager extending Liberty and illumin community connections

Softlink’s new Customer Community Manager extending Liberty and illumin community connections

After nine years as Professional Services Manager for Softlink Americas, Maida Rubin has stepped into a new role as global Customer Community Manager for  Softlink’s Information Centres division.

Maida describes the role as an advocate for Liberty and illumin users.

'Softlink has a long history of listening to our…



Share:

The benefits of professional training for library staff in software rollouts

The benefits of professional training for library staff in software rollouts

You have picked your new library management system, converted your data, put the new system through its paces and the go live date is so tantalisingly close. How exciting!

But have you provided the necessary training for your library staff?

In the rush to go-live, library staff training can be easily pushed to the…



Share:

A new kind of library scavenger hunt blends Pokemon Go with books

A new kind of library scavenger hunt blends Pokemon Go with books

The Pokemon Go craze has inspired a Belgian primary school headmaster to create a new kind of library scavenger hunt that is getting readers of all ages hunting for books in the wild.

The Times of India recently wrote about the new age book hunt which has attracted thousands of players.

Players will leave a book in a…



Share:

Does research leadership = competitive advantage in an info bulge era?

Does research leadership = competitive advantage in an info bulge era?

As early as the 1980’s strategists like Porter and Miller were linking information with competitive advantage.

Researchers in law firms, consultancies and multiple other fields are trawling a growing bulge of information to provide their clients with the material they need to convert information into case, business…



Share:

The 2016 Australian and New Zealand School Library Survey is now open for submissions

The 2016 Australian and New Zealand School Library Survey is now open for submissions

It’s time to ensure your voice is heard by taking part in the 2016 Australian and New Zealand School Library Survey.

The annual survey is now in its seventh year and gives teacher librarians and library staff a chance to share their experiences with budgets and resourcing, knowledge and content delivery methods, and…



Share:

Community collaboration at Melbourne’s Liberty User Group

Community collaboration at Melbourne’s Liberty User Group

A Liberty User Group at the Melbourne Cricket Club Library in August provided the local community with the opportunity to network and share their Liberty tips and ideas.

The event was attended by 13 Liberty users from Special, Legal and Higher Education libraries.

The Liberty user group’s host, Melbourne Cricket…



Share:

2016 Kids’ Lit Quiz World Finals Results

2016 Kids’ Lit Quiz World Finals Results

Congratulations to all the schools who recently competed in the 2016 Kids’ Lit Quiz World Finals in Auckland, New Zealand on the 19th August.

The host country’s local team, Wellesley College, was the winner on the day, with the UK’s Hamilton College placing second and Australia’s Kinross Wolaroi School in…



Share:

10 National Literacy and Numeracy Week ideas for school libraries

10 National Literacy and Numeracy Week ideas for school libraries

Are you looking for some fun, creative activities or lessons for your school library for National Literacy and Numeracy Week?

Have a look at our list of 10 activities that your school library can offer to help promote literacy and digital literacy.

1) Get students familiar with their digital compass

(image…



Share:

How to engage your students with Oliver v5 (Part One)

How to engage your students with Oliver v5 (Part One)

Are you taking advantages of all the features in Oliver v5 to engage your students? Here are a few ideas for you to try.

Google – Book Previews, Book Reviews and Cover Images

As Library Staff you can enhance your students’ search experience by activating Google in your Oliver v5 system.

If a resource in your…



Share:

Advocating the importance of school libraries

Advocating the importance of school libraries

“Nobody at my school understands the importance of school libraries. I feel like they think students can just Google everything now.”

It’s a situation being faced in school libraries around the world and many school libraries are feeling the challenge in advocating on the educational value and breadth of…



Share:

Online Oliver v5 International User Group unites school libraries

Online Oliver v5 International User Group unites school libraries

On Tuesday 30th August, Susan Gan hosted Softlink’s first Oliver v5 Online International User Group for school libraries in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

The online user group was attended by over 70 schools and was a great opportunity for schools from multiple locations to participate.

The group…



Share:

The why, what and how of starting the Softlink blog

The why, what and how of starting the Softlink blog



Welcome! We’re excited to invite you into our new blog.

Let us introduce ourselves and answer a few questions you might have.

 

Why have we entered the blogosphere?

Last year we launched our new Softlink website which features a growing number of resources for libraries and information managers. As well as…



Share:

New Softlink Customer Community Manager role ensures even bigger benefits for school libraries

New Softlink Customer Community Manager role ensures even bigger benefits for school libraries

School libraries have a new “champion” following the appointment of Susan Gan to the Customer Community Manager role in Softlink’s Education Division.

Managing Director Nathan Godfrey said the new role is an extension of Softlink’s commitment to providing outstanding service and value to the education…



Share:

Health librarians save lives, so why are so many positions vacant in Australia?

Health librarians save lives, so why are so many positions vacant in Australia?

ALIA Group Health Libraries Australia (HLA) has released the Census of Australian Health Librarians and Health Librarians Working Outside the Traditional Library Setting.

One of the findings from the census was that job vacancies in Australian health libraries are running at around 10% which is significantly higher…



Share:

Which pop culture librarian are you?

Which pop culture librarian are you?

Welcome to the reinvogorated Softlink Quiz - a little bit of library-inspired fun. They were a regular feature in previous Softlink Times and now they're back!

Take our quick quiz to find out which pop culture librarian is your counterpart and don't forget to share the fun and find out who your colleagues most…



Share:

Making way for the future – making weeding a positive experience for your information hub

Making way for the future – making weeding a positive experience for your information hub

We spoke recently with a Liberty user about the evolution of her medical library. They moved their main library to a more contemporary, but smaller space and, after years of holding on to everything they could, there wasn’t going to be enough room to house everything.

The move prompted the library to evolve and…



Share:

Webinar explores the benefits of teaching kids to code

Webinar explores the benefits of teaching kids to code

By learning to code, young people improve their problem solving skills, logical thinking and confidence with digital technologies. Coding provides support for key academic subjects such as science, maths and technology.

But don’t worry - you don’t need to have any previous coding experience or a big budget to…



Share:

Library gaming workshops inspire local youth

Library gaming workshops inspire local youth

In our recent #getkidscoding webinar, Ian Wedlock spoke about Code Club Australia’s in-school code clubs and the benefits of teaching students to code.

Recently, Public Libraries of New Zealand (PLNZ), Gamelab and the Hutt City Council partnered to deliver a gaming workshops pilot programme where participants…



Share: