Blacksburg, VA -- Cumberland Country Public Library & Information Center (CCPL&IC), located in Fayetteville, NC, recently purchased Virtua with a 128-user license. The library, serving a population of 303,000, has six branches, 245,756 bibliographic records and over 149,000 registered patrons. CCPL&IC chose VTLS to replace their GEAC system and will go live with Virtua by July 1, 2004.
“Virtua was the right system to continue to help us accomplish the library's long-range plan approved by the Library's Board of Trustees a few years back,” said CCPL&IC's Director Jerry Thrasher. “In our community, CCPL&IC strives to be the very best place to start for learning and discovering. Virtua, with its solid structure and multi-lingual search ability, can help library staff to meet the needs of our library customers, whether in person, over the telephone or electronically. We have always admired VTLS' forward-thinking technology and are excited to be part of the company's team.”
In January 2000, Director Jerry A. Thrasher was named Library Journal's "Librarian of the Year ? 1999." A year after that, the library received a federal grant to purchase Spanish language materials and to publicize their services to the growing Hispanic community. Last year, the library was a key partner in establishing an information and referral “care line” for military families who had soldiers deployed to the Middle East. Operation Home Front operated from March through July at the Headquarters Library. Representatives from the County, City of Fayetteville, Chamber of Commerce, Military and North Carolina Legislature participated in this new collaborative referral service for military families.
Currently the library is participating in a statewide virtual reference project called NCKnows for 24/7 online chat reference. The library has submitted several LSTA grants for the coming year to begin work on its next five year plan, including an aggressive marketing campaign and establishing computer training labs in three regional branches.
“Working in a library means working with people,” said Carl Grant, COO and President of VTLS. “CCPL&IC is a very important information resource in the Cumberland County community and we are pleased to be a partner in providing technology that helps the library get the right information to the right person in the shortest time period.”