May 3, 2012


CALYX is a pioneer in end-to-end library management solutions, leveraging leading open-source technologies, best-practice and industry standards. We are Australia’s longest established provider of open source software solutions for libraries.

All our product offerings are from open source projects and implement open standards. We guarantee that users receive the freedoms of open source software, even where our services are provided in the cloud.

Offering superior advice and experience, we are your perfect partner for developing cost-effective library systems and addressing total library management processes, including acquisition and administration.

Working predominantly with small to medium size collections, we are retained by public, school and special libraries and are renowned for our commitment to the highest standards of business and information integrity.



Our committed team of library and information technology professionals provide expert, cost effective solutions that add value to the operations of your library. All team members have or are obtaining professional qualifications and are appropriately skilled and experienced for the tasks we undertake.

We are proud of our strong collaborative relationships with Koha support companies in New Zealand, the United States and around the world. We also draw upon the resources of general open source technology partners and value our relationship with the National Library of Australia. We partner with IT personnel within our client organisations, greatly respecting their role in supporting librarians at the local level and offering the right service mix for the circumstances of each library.

CALYX brings together the resources required to ensure your project is successful.

We are always happy to have an obligation-free chat about your requirements: feel free to call us today.




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Irma Birchall

Irma has been a champion of libraries since her late teens when she set up and managed for 3 years, a community library in her district in Belgium.

After graduating as a Commercial Translator and Interpreter, she worked for many years for multinational companies using her language abilities. When her children were all at school, she consolidated her love of libraries and technology by completing Library Sciences and Practice at Sydney Institute of Technology with high distinction.

Irma worked in the Reader Services and Special Collections departments of Fisher Library at Sydney University and Douglas Piper Library, Royal North Shore Hospital of Sydney for over 13 years.

In 2003 she established CALYX information essentials, a  services consultancy with the vision of bringing the freedom of open-source software to the library sector.  Irma has worked with the Koha system since first installing Koha v 1.3 for a corporate library client with seven offices in Australia and New Zealand.  Irma attended the first Koha Developers’ Conference at Ecole de Mines, Paris, France in 2006 and continues to be closely linked with the Koha LMS community of developers and users. In 2012, she established the Koha-oz user group e-list to create a community of Koha users in Australia.

Irma is a member of ALIA, ANZTLA and IA and regularly attends conferences and workshops in the GLAM and IT sectors.


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Bob Birchall FCPA FAICD

Bob is an experienced general, commercial and financial executive with highly-developed skills in strategic planning, quantitative analysis, quality improvement and change management.

He has had organisational responsibility for the IT function in several organisations, initially at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Private Hospital where he established industry leadership in the application of information technology to the processes of hospital care and administration.

Bob has successfully lead numerous IT projects and since 2007 assumes responsibility for business analysis, project management and quality control in all CALYX projects.