Bethesda, MD, July 21, 2010 – LibLime is pleased to announce that the Northeast Harbor Library, has successfully migrated to Koha.
"Our present ILS system did not meet our needs. Our catalog was not on the Internet, patrons couldn’t receive notices or reminders by email. These are features that patrons have been requesting for years and we can finally satisfy those needs with Koha," said Anna Carr, Director of Library Operations.
Northeast Harbor Library serves the town of Mount Desert, Maine, with a very unique mission – they not only provide public library services but they also support the curriculum for the Mount Desert Elementary School. The library has been in existence for over 100 years and while its location has changed over time it can truly be considered a historical landmark in the town of Mount Desert. Its collection includes more than 50,000 items, including books, periodicals, audio books, DVD’s, CD-ROMS’s and video cassettes. Approximately 25 percent of all items account for those in The Children’s Department.
"It gives us great satisfaction to be working with such a historic library as the Northeast Harbor library. With its roots going back over 100 years, we aim to provide the NEHL user community with a system that will bring many years of service, aiding the community in not only finding what's new, but ultimately preserving the best of the past," stated LibLime Project Manager, Jane Wagner.
"Koha will allow our customers to access the catalog online, see what items they have checked out, renew them, and place a hold on an item all from their own home or office desktop. Patrons can be sent reminders by email. School children at Mount Desert Elementary School can check what resources are available at the library from their laptop computers right at school. This is wonderful improvement of service to our community," expressed Ms. Carr.
About the Northeast Harbor Library
The original Northeast Harbor Library opened in the town of Mount Desert, ME in 1892 as a seasonal subscription library. This coastal community, with a population of approximately 2,000, nearly triples in size during the summer months. In turn, circulation of materials, computer usage, and library visits double during this period. It was not until 1905 that the need for a winter library was met, and in 1949 all assets were transferred to the Northeast Harbor Library Corporation, which was chartered as a privately held library for the Town of Mount Desert. Today, the Northeast Harbor Library serves three distinct user communities using a single collection: A privately funded library for seasonal residents, a public library for town inhabitants, and a school library for Mount Desert Elementary School. Northeast Harbor also works cooperatively with other libraries on Mount Desert Island, providing services to residents of other towns.
About PTFS and LibLime
LibLime, a division of PTFS, is the global leader in Koha support. LibLime provides consulting, implementation, data migration, training, development, and maintenance/hosting services for Koha in libraries of all types and sizes. PTFS is the developer of the world’s leading digital content management software, ArchivalWare, and also specializes in library staffing requirements, digitization, and systems integration. For more information, see http://liblime.com or http://ptfs.com orhttp://archivalware.net.