The Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has engaged Prosentient Systems to configure the open-source digital repository software, DSpace, for its Water Knowledge Base.
One of Prosentient's more popular Koha modifications has been the rotating Banner of new titles for the home page of our clients' OPACs. Today we've made a further enhancement to give our users more control over what exactly displays there.
One enhancement Prosentient has made to Koha is a modified Self-Checkout system that can work offline. Koha has a browser based self-checkout system built in, but the main difference is that the StandaloneLMS doesn't require a connection to your remote database.
We are pleased to announce the release of a new system preference for Koha: SearchGlobalBranch.
This system preference allows you to specify a branch which is always searched in addition to any specific branch selected. Typically this would be your "electronic resources" branch.
The Northern Territory’s Health Library Network signed up for Prosentient System’s document delivery system and were impressed with the after sales service. “We found Edmund to be very good to work with” explained Resources Management Librarian, Ruby Lindberg. “No matter how many times we rang he was always patient and helpful. After sales service and support is very important to us because we don’t have the technical in-house knowledge of the applications to do it ourselves”. Their good experience with Interdocs soon led the library to join GratisNet, and then to take up the hosted Koha Library Management System.
In this case study published by the Australian Open Access Support Group, Gemma Siemensma, Library Manager at Ballarat Health Services, describes the thinking and processes behind the introduction of their DSpace repository
When the Parliamentary Library of New South Wales began using Koha as its Library Management system and DSpace as its digital repository, the staff didn't do so to make a political statement about the viability of open source software. “This was just the software that fulfilled our requirements,” said Deborah Brown, Parliament’s chief librarian.
While having a physical collection, NSW Parliament library's lifeblood is digitized news media. Through their parliamentary copyright exemption they reproduce and store dozens of articles each day for the use of the Members of Parliament (and their staff) who make up their user base.