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May 6, 2014

(VTLS, Inc.) Kansas City Public Library’s Civil War on the Western Border website, developed in collaboration with VTLS Inc., won the 2014 Award for Excellence in Public History from the Society of Civil War Historians. The $5,000 award recognizes the Civil War on the Western Border website as an outstanding public history project that improves public awareness and understanding of the Civil War era.

April 30, 2014

(VTLS, Inc.) VTLS added multiple features to the latest version of its MozGo mobile app for libraries, with an emphasis on third-party service integration. MozGo now includes integration with Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, OverDrive and 3M Cloud Library.

April 17, 2014

(VTLS, Inc.) VTLS announced that Dr. Vinod Chachra, President and CEO of VTLS, was commended by Virginia House Joint Resolution No. 405 offered on February 28, 2014. The bill was introduced by Delegate Nick Rush, who represents House District 7.

March 19, 2014

(VTLS, Inc.) VTLS sponsored and participated in American Libraries Live’s February episode, “The Library Website.” Thomas O’Connell, VTLS Product Manager, was part of the virtual panel for a 60-minute discussion about library websites. The episode streamed live for viewers on the American Libraries Live website at, and the video recording of the episode is now archived on the website for viewing.

March 4, 2014

(VTLS, Inc.) VTLS reports a period of growth and profitability in 2013 in multiple areas. VTLS added new customers, sold additional products to existing customers, made many product enhancements and hired seven new full-time employees at its headquarters in Blacksburg, VA. In addition, the new Open Skies library services platform is now available for delivery to beta testers. Open Skies is the new platform being offered by VTLS to integrate all library services including ILS, digital management systems, events and exhibits, open access software, e-books and licensed databases.

February 26, 2014

(VTLS, Inc.) VTLS Technologies Sdn Bhd (VTLS’ Malaysian subsidiary) added five new name customers in 2013, expanding the strong customer base that VTLS has in the Malaysian library market. In addition to the new customer sales, five current Malaysian customers purchased an additional VTLS product.

January 29, 2014

(VTLS, Inc.) The Russian International Olympic University, located in Sochi (home of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games), has recently purchased the VITAL Digital Asset Management System to manage the library’s digital content, and Chamo Discovery to provide public access to both VITAL and its Virtua integrated library system (ILS). These new implementations are part of the second phase in RIOU’s library project, following the installation of the Virtua ILS in December 2012. Also, as a part of its second phase, RIOU has added Virtua Acquisitions, Serials Control, the SIP2/NCIP interface and additional user licenses.

January 24, 2014

(VTLS, Inc.) The National Library of Malaysia and VTLS celebrated their 25-year partnership at a special anniversary event on November 8, 2013 at the NLM’s beautiful 238,000 square foot home in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Dato’ Raslin Abu Bakar, Director-General of NLM, and VTLS President and CEO Dr. Vinod Chachra attended the event along with approximately 100 staff from NLM and VTLS Technologies Sdn Bhd (VTLS’ Malaysian subsidiary).

January 23, 2014

(VTLS, Inc.) VTLS will exhibit at this year’s American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, taking place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA from January 24-28. VTLS representatives will be at booth 1243 in the Exhibit Hall throughout the conference to talk with attendees and demonstrate VTLS products.

January 2, 2014

(VTLS, Inc.) Universiti Putra Malaysia celebrated 25 years of partnership with an anniversary event on November 11, 2013. UPM’s Chief Librarian, Amir Hussain Mohd. Ishak and former Chief Librarian, Tuan Syed Salim Agha, both attended the event along with VTLS President & CEO Dr. Vinod Chachra, library staff members and staff from VTLS Technologies Sdn Bhd (VTLS’ Malaysian subsidiary). While the event was held a few days after a similar silver anniversary celebration with the National Library of Malaysia, UPM was actually the first VTLS customer in Malaysia. With its original VTLS implementation, UPM became the first library in Malaysia to automate with an online integrated library system (ILS), housed in its own computer room inside the library. VTLS is proud of its association with UPM, a proven leader in information technology, and is pleased to continue to enjoy the confidence and loyalty of UPM as a customer.

December 17, 2013

(VTLS, Inc.) Hamilton Public Library has completed implementation of its new Virtua Integrated Library System (ILS). The new system went live on November 18, a day earlier than expected, concluding the 9-month implementation. HPL selected Virtua earlier this year to meet the needs of its multiple branches with extensive collections and frequent patron activity. The implementation included migration of HPL’s data from its former SirsiDynix Horizon system, including circulation data (circulation status, patron blocks, requests, active and historical fines and housebound data) and open orders. VTLS also provided 13 functional and workflow enhancements, including improved interfacing with the Smart Money Manager by Comprise Technologies.

December 10, 2013

(VTLS, Inc.) VTLS has added e-book lending from 3M Cloud Library into the new versions of both Chamo Discovery and the MozGo Mobile App. Patrons can search through the library’s collection of 3M e-books, check them out or place holds, download them to their devices and check the status of their e-books all within the Chamo and MozGo interfaces. Including circulation makes the integration more seamless, allowing patrons to stay within a single interface and eliminating the need for multiple user authorization steps.

September 17, 2013

(VTLS, Inc.) VTLS has introduced simplified e-book borrowing for patrons through both Chamo Discovery, a facet-based social OPAC and data discovery tool, and the MozGo Mobile App. The streamlined workflows will use OverDrive APIs to allow users to search for available e-books, check them out and download them to their mobile devices directly through the Chamo Discovery or MozGo Mobile App interfaces.

August 29, 2013

(VTLS, Inc.) Kansas City Public Library’s Civil War on the Western Border website launched last week and features a new Drupal website with a unique relationship visualization tool, both developed by VTLS. The website provides access to thousands of pages of scanned documents from more than 25 contributing institutions relating to hostilities on the Missouri-Kansas border both before and during the Civil War. In addition to these materials, the website will include articles written by Civil War scholars, shorter encyclopedia articles, a map, timeline and digital gallery. The dynamic relationship viewer helps connect all of these digitized documents in a visual way, with the goal to enhance interest and help the learning process. The digital artifacts are stored in KCPL’s VITAL Digital Asset Management System.

July 31, 2013

(VTLS, Inc.) VTLS announce that over 100 customers have now selected Chamo Discovery, an advanced Social OPAC and unified Discovery tool integrated into a single solution. VTLS attributes the growing success of Chamo to its continually expanding capabilities, its high performance and enhanced user features. Chamo provides unified access to the library’s print and digital resources (including licensed resources) with sophisticated search capabilities, eBook circulation and interactive features that encourage social participation. Unlike other offerings Chamo Discovery is built into the library’s OPAC web interface allowing patrons reach beyond the library’s collection to access electronic resources across the web, including free and subscription content. The “OPAC-centric” design helps keep the focus on the library instead of the database provider.

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