The students find the search interface intuitive and easy to navigate.Lynn Revai, Head of Library
|At a Glance
|Core Benefits to Users
Oakhill College, located in Castle Hill in the Greater Western Region of Sydney, New South Wales, is a Catholic co-educational secondary day school run by the De La Salle Brothers.
Founded in 1936, the College has a long history as a provider of quality education in the Lasallian tradition, with a focus on community and on empowering all learners to achieve excellence.
In keeping with the College’s overriding mission, the vision of Oakhill College’s PJ Walsh Library is:
“To provide a supportive learning environment facilitating academic care to inspire, motivate and challenge learners to maximise their potential.”
The Library is staffed by experienced and qualified team members including one Teacher Librarian and three Library Assistants, who work together to meet the sophisticated, 24/7 information demands of more than 1,700 learners and educators at the College.
The newly-refurbished learning commons has been thoughtfully designed as an inspiring space where students and teachers can explore, investigate, create, read and collaborate in a calm and welcoming atmosphere.
Two iPad catalogue terminals attached to free-standing bookshelves offer a convenient means of searching the library’s Oliver v5 catalogue. Students can also access the catalogue at any time via their own devices from within the library or elsewhere.
Oakhill College Head of Library, Lynn Revai, said the library provided an ideal space for catering to the needs of 21st century learners.
“Our library is very much a teaching space where we develop information literacy skills as well as a supportive environment.”
Lynn said the features in Oliver v5 enabled library staff to manage administrative tasks efficiently, so they can focus on providing other important services for the learning community.
“Oliver v5 is well-priced and meets our needs. It’s easy to use for admin and students, and our daily operations are problem-free. We especially like the searching ability and stocktake enhancements it provides.”
Lynn said the easy-to-use interface supported staff to achieve their goal of enabling students to become effective, independent information seekers.
“The students find the search interface intuitive and easy to navigate.”
She added that features within Oliver v5 helped make the library more attractive and easier for the students to explore.
For example, library staff had made use of the maps function to help students locate resources more easily, and included the school’s logo and colours in the search interface.
“We appreciate the ability to customise the interface with our own College header.”
Lynn said that she had been impressed by the responsiveness of Softlink support staff compared to other providers.
“I have used other library management systems and Softlink support is much better.”
Lynn also commented on how well Softlink had catered to the library’s evolving needs in her four years at Oakhill College.
“Softlink Support services are fabulous. Their communications are timely, with prompt and helpful responses, and their culture is one of continual improvement.”