St Luke’s Grammar School has implemented the popular Koha integrated library system to serve the libraries of its two campuses. St Lukes is a Pre-K to 12 Anglican College situated at Dee Why and Bayview on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
In looking for a new ILS to serve both campuses, the school particularly sought a strong acquisitions module and a customisable OPAC that would display beautifully on all user devices including smart phones. Data exported from legacy Destiny and Bookmark systems were conditioned for import to Koha. The new Koha system contains 25,000 bibliographic records and 1,500 staff and student records and is hosted on a CALYX server in the Equinix Data Centre in Sydney.
Katherine Hicks says that Koha, auspiced by the international Koha Community, aligns with the St Luke’s Learning Framework, encouraging collaboration and reciprocity between Koha users to improve upon what is already a modern, fully featured system. “Koha more than meets our requirements and has already enabled greater user interaction with library collections”, Katherine said. “Koha encourages our users to help build the collection by making purchase suggestions that integrate seamlessly with acquisitions. The conversion from our previous systems to Koha was stress free and CALYX went above and beyond to get our system up and running and set up to our specifications. We couldn’t be happier.”
CALYX’ CEO Irma Birchall commented that “the Koha community is only strengthened when professional librarians embrace the technology and the project’s values in the manner we have witnessed at St Luke’s. We congratulate the library team on the success of their project.”