St Luke’s Grammar School goes live on Koha from Calyx

St Luke’s Grammar School has implemented the popular Koha integrated library system to serve the libraries of its two campuses. St Luke’s 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.

The system conversion project was led by the school’s Systems Librarian, Katherine Hicks. Usually OPAC design is undertaken by the Koha support company but here the school embraced this task. Katherine took responsibility for the design and creation of the OPAC, populating the Koha system preferences that enable librarians to insert HTML, CSS and javascript to create a tailored home page layout and a theme consistent with other websites of the school. CALYX provided support for system configuration, undertook the data conversion and provided integration with the school’s systems for single sign-on. Training services were also provided by CALYX.

Katherine Hicks says that Koha and 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 Lukes. We congratulate the library team on the success of their project.”

For more information about St Luke’s Grammar School visit https://www.stlukes.nsw.edu.au/ and view the school library OPAC at http://learninghub.stlukes.nsw.edu.au/ .

For more information about CALYX’ services visit https://calyx.net.au .