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Educational benefits celebrated at the NSW DoE Oliver v5 roll out completion event

April 05, 2017 Educational benefits celebrated at the NSW DoE Oliver v5 roll out completion event

NSW Department of Education and Softlink representatives gathered at John Edmondson High School on the 30th March to celebrate the successful rollout of Oliver v5 to the state’s 2243 school libraries.

Softlink Managing Director, Nathan Godfrey, said it was an opportunity to celebrate the excellent working partnership between Softlink and the Department and the outstanding success of the project. 

“The ability to migrate, train and support 2243 schools to their new web-based library system is testament to the planning, experience and commitment of both Softlink and the Department’s project team.”

The Department noted that collaboration between Softlink, the School Operations and Performance Directorate and the Information Technology Directorate has set the standard for future projects with on-time, on-budget delivery.

“Being able to deliver to the largest education institution in Australia is possible because of Softlink’s global experience with large scale deployments,” Nathan said.

The event featured senior Department representatives, Stephen Loquet, Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Directorate and Cheryl Best, Executive Director, Learning and Business Systems, presenting on the positive outcomes of the deployment.

It was highlighted that Oliver v5 provides students with anytime access to an array of information that will allow them to critically learn information literacy skills, collaborate effectively and participate in 21st century learning. 

“Hearing feedback about how Oliver v5 has provided teacher librarians with an important pathway for future-focussed learning is very rewarding,” Nathan said.

Allan Booth, Director, Learning Systems, Geoff Jones, School Library Project Solutions Delivery Manager, and Colleen Blancato, Library Coordinator, Learning Systems, also shared the project milestone with their colleagues, Softlink representatives, and members of the John Edmondson High School community.

Nathan said it was great to share such a rewarding milestone with so many of the project’s stakeholders.

“Softlink is committed to providing software that supports quality educational outcomes and collaboration between school libraries and educators and the event was an opportunity to celebrate that.”

Further comments about the event are available on Storify. Department videos about the educational benefits of Oliver v5 are available here.