Softlink and Sydney Catholic Education Office (SCEO) recently completed a major digital and knowledge management improvement project across the Archdiocese's 147 schools – a strategy to ensure the schools' capabilities evolve to support future education and literacy programs.
With the current focus on learning and literacy, Softlink's Chief Executive Officer Mr Kim Duffy said the move to Oliver v5, Australia's premium school knowledge and library management solution, was a positive step towards providing greater student engagement of and improving access to academic resources across the Diocese.
"Recent studies, including Softlink's 2012 Australian School Library Survey, demonstrate a positive link between access to library resources and literacy levels," Kim said.
"Within the current economic climate it is paramount for schools to drive value in terms of student achievement from the knowledge within their collections.
"SCEO is at the forefront of knowledge delivery, student development and literacy programs," he said.
SCEO Director of Curriculum Mr Seamus O'Grady said the project to upgrade the primary and secondary Catholic schools across Sydney was significant for supporting student learning and streamlining resource management across the Diocese.
"Oliver's intuitive knowledge performance platform has enabled us to centralise and share resources, whether physical or digital, across schools and integrate all information services and subscriptions.
"Other benefits include 24/7 home and remote access, a single search for resources across schools, streamlined inter-library lending and library productivity and efficiency improvements," he said.
SCEO Library Management Technologies Officer Mr John O'Brien said Softlink has delivered a successful and seamless transition with minimal support required throughout the implementation. "It just worked," he said.
"Softlink has worked collaboratively with SCEO for many years and has helped us to customise solutions to suit our individual needs. We look forward to continuing our long partnership into the future."
Kim said Softlink solutions and modules enable schools to provide a single, customisable interface to resources, offering easy access to students anywhere and anytime and on most modern devices.
SCEO and Softlink have partnered to improve knowledge and library performance within the Diocesan schools for more than 20 years.
Softlink is the leading provider of school knowledge, content and library management software in Australia. The Sydney Catholic Education consortia project benefits more than 70,000 students from Prep to Year 12.
The Catholic Education Office Sydney is responsible for the leadership, efficient operation and management of 147 parish primary and regional secondary schools within the Sydney Archdiocese.
Softlink is a world-leading developer of knowledge, content and library management solutions, supporting more than 50% of Australian schools and 10,000 libraries across 108 countries in ten major languages. Solutions built with world-leading technology are strengthened by a range of local support services, delivered by product experts, experienced library and IT specialists on staff.
For more information on Softlink and Oliver visit www.softlinkint.com