Blacksburg, VA – The second phase of the Next Generation ILS implementation at Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) was formally concluded in June, 2013 and was marked by a gathering that included high-level executives, key members of the project team and representatives of the Hong Kong government. Phase II of the project included implementation of a separate Virtua database with development of additional features to automate the processes of the Hong Kong Books Registration Office, a legal depository for each book first printed, produced or published in Hong Kong. It also introduced 111 new Virtua ILS features created to meet specialized workflows and local requirements, as well as implementation of ILL and ERM solutions in cooperation with other suppliers.
Vinod Chachra, President and CEO of VTLS attended the final meeting of the Steering Committee. "It is a great achievement made possible by the wonderful co-operation among Hong Kong Public Libraries, HP Corporation and VTLS development and delivery teams. The project was massive by any measure. Its successful completion provides the population of Hong Kong with a modern and comprehensive solution to the information needs of the reading public. VTLS is honored to have had the opportunity to build this system", said Vinod Chachra. "At times there were more than 100 people working on the project. More than 1,000 library staff members were successfully trained to use the VTLS system".
The project was people-intensive. Several VTLS staff from Blacksburg made multiple trips to Hong Kong and enjoyed this new cultural experience. Mr. Robert Pillow, the VTLS project manager, spent more than 33 weeks in Hong Kong during seven trips. "I really cherished the opportunity to work on this large and complex project and learned from this unique experience. Also, I was able to experience living in Hong Kong rather than simply visiting. The individuals I met and worked with were very welcoming and hospitable. I especially enjoyed the weekend hikes and outdoor activities with colleagues" said Robert Pillow.
The Hong Kong Public Libraries are one of the world's busiest library systems, managing over 56 million circulations in 2012. The 67 libraries and 10 mobile libraries serve over 4 million patrons. HKPL has been using Virtua and Chamo Discovery in production since the completion of Phase I of the project in January 2012. This phase required 309 additional features and enhancements to deal with the special requirements of the Hong Kong government. More than 148 design documents were created to complete Phase I.
About VTLS Inc.
VTLS Inc. www.vtls.com, a leading library automation company in business for over 30 years, provides visionary technology in library solutions to a diverse customer base of more than 1935 libraries in over 40 countries. VTLS provides development and support for Virtua, the premier ILS solution; Chamo Discovery, a facet-based social OPAC and data discovery tool; VITAL, our Digital Asset Management solution; Vorpal Solutions, Drupal development and support services; MozGo, our mobile app; and Fastrac RFID solutions for libraries. VTLS is one of the few ISO 9001:2008 quality certified companies within the library industry.