ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and the U.S.' forefront provider of Koha support, is happy to welcome Illsley Public Library, Essex Free Library and Maclure Library to the Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries (VOKAL). All three libraries are now live on the Koha integrated library system through VOKAL.
VOKAL now has nearly 60 libraries using the system which has over 1 million items available to 100,000 patrons. The VOKAL shared catalog can be searched at http://catalog.kohavt.org.
Nicole C. Engard, VP of Education at ByWater Solutions spoke of VOKAL's growth:
"I have had the pleasure of visiting many VOKAL libraries over the years and am always happy to see new members. The staff at these libraries are eager to learn about and participate in open source and always make great additions to both the Koha and ByWater communities."
About the Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries (VOKAL)
The Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries (VOKAL), is a project of the Green Mountain Library Consortium dedicated to creating a shared catalog and Integrated Library System.
In 2007, the Stowe Free Library, the Carpenter-Carse Library (Hinesburg), and the Kimball Public Library (Randolph) joined with Sheila Kearns of the Vermont Department of Libraries to explore options for an ILS system to replace Follett. They decided on Koha, and in May of 2008, this team became VOKAL. For more information about VOKAL, please visit: https://sites.google.com/site/vokalvtpublic/home
Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha's impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.
About ByWater Solutions
With over 10 years of experience, ByWater Solutions offers customized hosting, data migration, configuration, installation, training, support options and development of the enterprise class open source library system, Koha. Offering a 24/7 technical helpline, ByWater Solutions' clients have the support system they need to make their software work for them. ByWater Solutions pledges to share 100% of all developed code to the Koha community for the strengthening and advancement of the Koha ILS. For more information about ByWater Solutions, please visit: http://www.bywatersolutions.com