By KATE GUNN of University of Goroka
The University of Goroka last Thursday formally launched its new programme for the Steven Eka Library: Liberty (version) 4.
After a year of hard work leading up to its implementation, UOG has finally updated its library management system to utilise one of the best software systems in the world.
The Liberty 4 software, owned by Softlink Pacific (a New Zealand-based company), is a technologically-advanced library management software system.
Approximately 10,000 other libraries around the world also use the Liberty 4 management system.
The UOG is the second institution in PNG to possess the software, and the first to implement its use for the whole university.
Major features of the software include: a user-friendly system; a web-based system; 24 hour global access; records for all types of library sources; and links to other academic libraries.
The system was officially launched by the Vice Chancellor Dr Gairo Onagi, who stated that the introduction of Liberty 4 was a landmark for UOG.
He was very pleased that UOG had decided to “move on from the old to the new technological system”.
Mr Russell McGrath, consultant trainer from Softlink’s Australian office, was on hand at the launching to demonstrate to staff how they could use the system to search, borrow, or reserve a book.
Mr McGrath had been on campus for the week prior to the launching, training UOG library staff in the establishment and utilisation of the Liberty 4 system.
He stated that Liberty 4 was an “intuitive and innovative system” for the UOG’s library.
University of Goroka librarian Ms Leah Kalamoroh stated she was proud to take the lead to introduce the Liberty 4 system to UOG, and it was surely a way forward for the Library.
Staff and students were encouraged by the acting Pro Vice Chancellor Academic Dr Jeyaranthan, to embrace the new system and to use it to secure more resources for UOG students as they had the right to access the latest technology.