Bringing the Library into the Future with Liberty
Yooralla is a not-for-profit disability service, providing practical solutions to over 30,000 Victorians annually. Their services include therapy and equipment, accommodation and respite, employment and recreation. The Yooralla Library supports all therapists to access information in a variety of formats, to perform their day to day tasks, as well as their clinical research and other quality projects.
Yooralla Library wanted to upgrade their Library Management System (LMS) as a result of their old one becoming outdated.
Yooralla’s Librarian, Ms Lucia Lazzarotto, said that the library needed a “web-based catalogue that was accessible to all staff.” The LMS also needed to be upgraded because of the growth of the library.
“We felt that our previous LMS did not have many modules and was not capable of managing the growth of the library service,” said Ms Lazzarotto.
To bring the library into the 21st century, a new library system was needed that was “web-based, had strong searching capabilities, could interact with other information management tools such as Endnote, and was a modern system with accompanying modules,” said Ms Lazzarotto.
The key objectives that Yooralla Library wanted to achieve with the new system was improved public access due to the web based catalogue, and better searching facilities.
Yooralla Library chose Liberty for their new system, as the librarian had used another Softlink system before in a similar library service, and she was pleased with the system.
“Liberty met our criteria as it was a web based system that suited our library, and it had great potential for upgrades and extensions of the software,” said Ms Lazzarotto.
“Softlink also influenced our decision to purchase Liberty due to the excellent customer service given prior to purchase and the flexibility of hosting options.”
Benefits were immediately seen after installing Liberty, “especially in regards to cataloguing and circulating of materials and other library housekeeping functions.”
“Searching for resources and lending resources is now easier and more efficient with Liberty,” said Ms Lazzarotto.
“We now have improved search capabilities, ability to import records, ability to export into Endnote and create bibliographies, and more in-depth catalogue records.”
In addition, Liberty also delivered some unexpected benefits for the library staff and users.
“Liberty has the ability to upload book cover images which is a great capability for enhancing user interaction, and cataloguing is much more efficient and faster.”
“Many of our users – mainly occupational and language therapists – are keen to search the library records for themselves and are keen to request items via Liberty,” said Ms Lazzarotto.
Yooralla Library moved to Liberty in September 2009.