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Update on the Softlink Library Display Competition

Update on the Softlink Library Display Competition

I’m very pleased to announce that we’ve already had a fantastic response to the Softlink Library Display Competition with approx. 70 entries so far! If you haven’t entered there’s still plenty of time - we’re accepting entries until 17 November.

A wide variety of display topics have been submitted, ranging…



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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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Quick Quiz - Can you match the quote to the book?

Quick Quiz - Can you match the quote to the book?

Calling all book buffs - it's time for another Softlink Quick Quiz!

Do you REALLY know your books inside out? We've picked out our ten favourite quotes, but can you work out which books they came from? Don't forget to spread the word of your book cred by sharing the quiz with your friends and colleagues.

Looking for…



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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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Quick Quiz - Celebrate Library and Information Week 2017

Quick Quiz - Celebrate Library and Information Week 2017

There is an extra reason to celebrate Library and Information Week this year – 2017 marks the 80th birthday of ALIA.

To mark the occasion, we’ve put together a new Quick Quiz looking back at the books that were also born in 1937. Don’t forget to share it round and challenge your colleague’s knowledge of the…



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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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Chills down the spine: when books team up with horror movies

Chills down the spine: when books team up with horror movies

It’s quiz time again!

Have you ever walked through your library at night, after everyone else has left, and felt just a little spooked? If the number of horror movies featuring terrifying books and spooky libraries is anything to go by, then you are not alone.

Take our quick quiz to see whether you are fearless in…



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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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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,…



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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…



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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…



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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…



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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!



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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)…



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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…


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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…



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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).



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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…



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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)…



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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…



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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…



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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…



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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…



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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…



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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…



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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…



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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:



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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



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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…



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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…



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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…



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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…



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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…



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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…



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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…



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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

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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…



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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…



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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…



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