WEST LIBERTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, WEST LIBERTY, IA--March 2, 2006--
LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, announced today that the West Liberty Public Library located in Iowa, USA has migrated to Koha, the first open-source Integrated Library System. This makes West Liberty the second public library system in the US to switch to Koha.
Tim McMahon, Technical Services librarian at West Liberty Public, said "We started looking for a new system when we tried to get our old one online and not only did the project fail, but it caused serious damage to our records. We chose Koha because with open source there is always the possibility someone will add a feature you need or if you have the knowledge, you can add it yourself."
The Koha system is installed on a Linux server and provides West Liberty with web-based access to cataloging, authority control, circulation, acquisitions, and serials control. Patron images are displayed on the circulation page so that circulation staff can easily identify patrons. Online access to the catalog as well as online member services (such as online reserves and renewals) are available through Koha's OPAC module. Enriched catalog records, provided by Amazon.com allow users to view--along with record information--jacket images, book reviews, descriptions, tables of contents and more. The OPAC can be found online at: http://opac.wlpl.org.
"It's been a long wait in the US public library sector for the second Koha migration", explains Joshua Ferraro, President, Technology for LibLime, "but the race was on in 2006". Several other public libraries are expected to migrate later in the first quarter of 2006: the nine libraries in the Crawford County Federated Library System in Pennsylvania and the Stow Monroe Falls Public Library in Ohio.
Koha is a full-featured Open Source library management system first deployed in January 2000 at Horowhenua Library Trust. It is currently maintained by a team of software providers and library technology staff from around the globe. Several companies around the world support Koha, providing libraries with a full array of vendor services including installation, migration assistance, data integrity testing, staff training, software maintenance, support and customization. To learn more about what services are available visit http://koha.org/support/. To try out Koha for yourself, visit LibLime's demos:
LibLime's mission is to make open-source software accessible to libraries.
To that end, LibLime develops and markets affordable and customizable open-source library technology solutions, such as Koha ILS. LibLime also provides full vendor services including: migration assistance, staff training, and sofware maintenance, support, and development.
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