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Not just for Educational Institutions – Halton Libraries go live with KeyLinks!

12th April 2019

Halton Borough Council recently went live with KeyLinks, choosing to move away from paper lists and ensure that visitors to Halton Libraries had digital access to organised content anywhere.

Lorna Hulme, Library Development Officer at Halton Libraries said,

“In the past we’ve mainly used reading lists to highlight our advanced publication books and we produced a paper copy for library visitors to browse and order from. However, I wanted our online platform to offer the same service without the long delays – I didn’t want our online users to have to wait an extra week to see the book list. KeyLinks is perfect because I can quickly add a new book list in minutes, that our online users can see at almost the same time as visitors coming in to the library.”

Halton Libraries will be able to benefit from a seamless platform, that will allow them to organise and manage their content for library customers to access and use at their leisure. KeyLinks will allow the library to streamline its workflows and simplify resource list creation, ultimately enhancing the library experience for customers by giving them the information they need in one location.

“In the future I intend to add more lists to KeyLinks and as people become busier we want to use the resource list management system to make browsing and reserving books quicker and easier for our customers. I plan on using the lists to highlight special events and national days such as Mental Health Awareness Week, LGBTQ History Month and Black History Month, and I want our lists to be varied and to showcase the great selection of stock we have. Other popular lists include book club reads such as Richard and Judy and Zoey Ball, and KeyLinks makes it so convenient for people to see and reserve the books from one list rather than having to search individual titles.”, continues Lorna.

“We are also using the book lists to make stock more accessible to our customers, for example, dyslexia friendly junior and teenage book lists.  These are very popular and make it easier for staff and our users to find the books they need. Our augmented reality books are a perfect example because unless the individual book title is known, there is often nothing to indicate that the book is an augmented reality title, so having them all together on a book list makes it much easier for customers to find them.”

Meghan Mazella, KeyLinks Senior Product Manager, says, “We’re delighted to have Halton Borough Council on board and it’s great to see that they’re able to use KeyLinks across a wide range of library activities; from creating standard lists to highlighting library events. The main aim of KeyLinks is to simplify content management across of broad range of sectors and organisations, and we hope to see more libraries follow suit and take advantage of the system in the future!”

 

Find out more about KeyLinks and arrange a demo here: https://www.keylinks.org/about/