Capita announces the launch of its college library management system (LMS) Strato that has been specifically designed to meet the needs of further education (FE) colleges. Born out of Capita’s cloud-based LMS and Capita’s considerable experience in the academic library market the software aims to transform college libraries and enhance the overall student experience.
Optimised for mobile devices, such a smartphones and tablets, the cloud-based solution enables students to search for both physical and electronic library resources from a single search box, wherever they are and whenever they want. It also means that staff are able to use tablet devices to provide library services while on the move around the college, increasing the time they have to spend supporting students.
“Following the Government’s recent announcement to lift the cap on higher education places, it has never been more important for colleges to provide a great library service. As colleges provide more higher education there will undoubtedly be more emphasis on them to provide students with access to the same experience that they could receive at higher education institutions,” said Karen Reece, head of libraries at Capita’s software services business. “We’ve been working closely with further education colleges to create an LMS that would meet students’ growing expectations, as well as a system that makes life easier for college staff.
“In addition to improving efficiency and students’ experience, colleges will also have the added benefit of being able to integrate our software with self-service kiosks and systems across other departments in their college, such as their virtual learning environment. This will ensure they can offer students a more joined up service in what is a competitive market.”