After two years of preparatory work, the Research Library staff are thrilled to announce the introduction of our fourth generation library system, Koha . Note the stylised kiwi in the top left hand corner. As a Kiwi myself, I’m proud to say that Koha hails from Aotearoa. ‘Koha’ means ‘gift from the heart’, which pretty well sums it up for us.
Using Koha, allows us even more interactivity with our internal and external clients. They can now:
• Do their own renewals and reserves online
• Save their search results to private and public lists
• Offer suggestions for purchase
• Contribute book reviews and cloud tags
We can now display our bibliographic records with book covers, as well as adding photos of users to their borrowing records. Live today in the Research Library, we hope to have our Koha OPAC available across the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and Powerhouse Discovery Centre sites, and on the Museum’s website, by the end of this week. We’ll keep you posted. Meanwhile, watch this space!