In 2004 Culford School Librarian Lesley Martin went looking for something to replace their ageing and poorly supported library management system. What she found was Accessit and she’s never looked back.
|Type||Independent, co-educational day and boarding school for students 3-18 years.|
|Campus||Three campuses (Pre-prep, Prep and Senior)|
|Staff||15 (plus Admin and Sports Coaches)|
There are so many things I like about Accessit. It’s easy for students and teachers to use and the dashboard is a fantastic gateway to e-resources and websites to support research. It’s a great window for promoting book and printed resources too. Being able to give our students year-round, off-site access to our library resources is wonderful.
From woeful to wonderful
Culford School in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England is set in 480 acres of beautiful parkland, with an 18th Century mansion at its centre and three separate schools – the Pre-prep and Nursery (ages 3 to 7), the Prep School (ages 7-13) and the Senior School (ages 13-18). In 2015 Culford was proud to open its new £2.2 million landmark library building. Lesley Martin is the Culford School Librarian and Head of Careers. Back in 2004, the school was facing ongoing issues with their existing library management system and were concerned enough to start looking at potential alternatives. Lesley talked to other school librarians and visited libraries to see different systems in action. But it was a trip to the Library and Information Show that first put Accessit on Lesley’s radar. At the trade show, Lesley was impressed with the Accessit demonstration. And when she spoke to other librarians using it, they all seemed to be overwhelmingly positive.
“I liked that the interface was more adult than other school library management systems,” says Lesley. For Lesley, Accessit had the functionality she needed, and was intuitive, flexible and easy to use. Many of the other systems at that time were being offered on a modular basis, but Accessit was all-inclusive and very competitively priced. “Moving from our old system was easy too. Accessit handled the transfer of the entire catalogue and management records without any problems,” recalls Lesley.
So many things to like
Lesley says, “There are so many things I like about Accessit. It’s easy for students and teachers to use and the dashboard is a fantastic gateway to e-resources and websites to support research. It’s a great window for promoting book and printed resources too. Being able to give our students year-round, off-site access to our library resources is wonderful.”
For Lesley, being able to design and update the home dashboard herself makes it super easy to promote particular resources, ensure students have the information they need, and keep it interesting and fresh.
“On the management side, I can run a range of reports for senior management and monitor my own statistics. I can add virtually anything to the library catalogue. And when we installed RFID security and self-issue, it was straightforward to update Accessit to integrate seamlessly. Automatic overdues have saved me hours of work, and our teachers appreciate the regular notifications of new additions in their subject area,” says Lesley.
No looking back
Culford School and Accessit have had a long and successful partnership. It’s been over ten years now since Culford chose Accessit for their library. For Lesley “it was a great decision”.
“A lot has changed over that time. It used to be that the library was the one place to go for information, and that’s no longer the case. Students want to access the library with their digital devices and now we’re facing the issues of ‘fake news’ and unreliable sources of information, as use of Google and social media rise. That’s where Accessit’s One Search function is so powerful – in that it outperforms Google in this regard. We’re teaching our students to use Accessit as their search engine and be more discriminating about the information they find on the web. Giving students the skills to undertake high quality, independent research is something that’s important at Culford.”
“Accessit has kept pace with changes and supported us every step of the way. The system is continually being improved and updated, with small tweaks and improvements happening automatically and major updates at least every few years. We feel so well supported. The Accessit team has been responsive to any suggestions we have had, and the help desk are always quick to get back to me.”
Lesley would definitely recommend Accessit to any school looking for a new library management system. She says, “I hear a lot of other school librarians complaining about their library system and the service they receive. I’m pleased that we have Accessit, and that I no longer have these issues to deal with.”
Building a library from scratch at Le Régent College, nestled in the Swiss Alps, is no small feat. Stephen Bull turned to a library system he could trust.
Tsukuba International School was looking for an affordable, flexible library system, catering for all ages, and offering superb around-the-clock support.
Wesley Intermediate School was looking for an intuitive, engaging system for their vibrant school community. They found Accessit Library.
As a small independent school in rural Virginia, librarians SJ Drummond and Laney Kortas were looking for a dependable, affordable system for Fuqua School that was powerful enough to be a gateway for their students in several ways.
Kamo High School wanted a cloud-based library system that would take care of itself and keep in tune with the digital fluency values of the school.
A limited budget didn’t stop the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand getting the system they wanted for their specialist library collection. It was smooth sailing from there. Information Resource Specialist Kim Higginson shares their story.
Leicestershire County Council exists to simply but emphatically make it easy for teachers to teach. They needed a system to fulfil that promise.
Cambridge High School Assistant Head of English, believes that Accessit has had a very real and positive effect on her teaching and her students’ results.
Four years ago Saint Kentigern was looking for a single library solution they could use across all of their schools, located on three campuses in Auckland.
201 Otago Boys’ High School old boys fell in WW1. Research, collaboration, creativity and Accessit together have ensured that we will remember them.
With a fast-expanding school roll, Greenhithe School, on the North Shore of Auckland, was facing ongoing issues with their school library system.
With a system unable to keep up with changing demands, the Reynella East College library manager knew that their library was on a path to nowhere.
Their vision was a library system that delivered a seamless experience for users within a single coherent cloud-based network.
Shepparton High School. Finding a school library management system that works for librarians, students and teachers. Not the other way around.