Library in focus: Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE

This is the last of our series of “30’s” posts. I say the last but certainly not the least, because NMIT holds the honour of offically being the longest continuous Spydus library in the world.

Pictured above are the current library management and Spydus systems staff at NMIT.

Here is some history about Spydus at NMIT that we’ve pulled up from our archive (thanks Sarah and Ivan). We were pleased that library management were able to visit Civica offices last week to be presented with a plaque (and a cake) that commemorated their relationship with Civica and Spydus.

  • 22 October 1981 – NMIT (formerly known as Preston Technical College became a Civica (AWA in 1981) customer. Now the longest continuous Civica library customer.
  • Feb/March 1982 – Went live with URICA Note: URICA was in its infancy, new modules including a COM catalogue, Acquisitions and Serials scheduled for roll out late 1982 and 1983.
  • First User Group secretary which was known as AUUG (Australasian URICA User Group) was from Preston College of TAFE (NMIT) – Pat Stewart
  • NMIT were instrumental in promoting URICA in the early days, playing host to a number of prospects interested in purchasing URICA.  In the first 18 months of using URICA, NMIT hosted 90 institutions from Victoria and interstate.
  • NMIT was also heavily involved in influencing the development and direction of URICA
  • Since becoming a customer NMIT has seen a number of Company name changes: AWA (Amalgamated Wireless Australiasia) > GA (General Automation) > Sanderson > Civica
  • Has been on numerous major releases and versions of our Library Management Software: URICA (Universal Real-time Information Control Administration) > ANZ URICA > SEA-URICA > Spydus > Spydus8

Here’s to many more years with Spydus.

About Emerald

Emerald Leung, Sales & Marketing Manager for Civica LLD based in Singapore.
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