The University of Roehampton has implemented a hosted library management system from Capita to reduce costs and improve resource accessibilty for students and staff.
The outsourcing firm will provide its cloud-based Chorus software as a managed service, enabling students search for books, electronic resources and archive data from a single search tool.
Library staff will have access Capita’s Soprano library management system interface, allowing them to respond to student queries on the move using mobile devices.
The hosted software will also integrate with the university’s wider systems such as finance, HR, student records and its virtual learning environment.
“We know that university libraries – specifically the resources available, the services they provide and their accessibility – feature in a student’s decision to choose one institution over another,” said Susan Scorey, university librarian at Roehampton.
“After reviewing the market, it became clear that Capita’s library management system will enhance both the student and staff experience.
“Students will be able to quickly and effectively manage their library accounts and resource needs, and staff can be on the ground to provide assistance as the move to a cloud-based system frees up their time.”