Sept 24, 2008-- BibLibre announced today that 3 French University libraries selected Koha for their next ILS. The libraries for the universities of Marseille in France will switch to Koha. They are: Université de Provence, Université Paul Cézanne and Université de la Méditerranée, all in the Marseille area.
The libraries will merge their catalogs, currently in a Horizon, Vubismart and Loris system respectively, and switch to Koha. The new catalog will have more than 750.000 items. The libraries have contracted with BibLibre for data migration, support and training on their Koha system. They also contracted with BibLibre to further develop Koha to enhance it's functionalities; in particular, Koha will be able to be used within the French Union Catalog of University Libraries (http://www.sudoc.abes.fr).
About Marseille University libraries
The third largest metropolitan area in France with 1.6 million inhabitants, Marseille is located on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea. Marseille is the oldest city of France: it was founded in 600 BC by Greeks merchants. The three universities have about 70.000 students combined. See http://www.aixmarseille-universite.fr/
BibLibre was incorporated in France in 2007, building on 5 successful years of work as free-lance consultants in open source softwares in libraries in general, and Koha in particular.
Koha was created in 2000 as the first Open Source Integrated Library
System: our early involvement with the project gave us an extended knowledge of librarianship and the needs of librarians in the age of omnipresent internet and open data. Building on this expertise, we now provide a range of services to< libraries: we develop, host, support open source software for libraries and may also help you with migration processes, staff training and software maintenance. We work with the following open source softwares in particular: Koha (ILS), Drupal (CMS. For more information, see http://www.biblibre.com/english