Bethesda, MD -- November 5, 2010. LibLime, is proud to announce that the Pioneer Library Consortium, out of Nebraska has selected Koha as their next generation, open source ,integrated library system (ILS).
"A group of five Nebraska libraries called the Pioneer Consortium has just successfully concluded a Library Improvement Grant awarded by the Nebraska Library Commission. In this project, Pioneer has determined the feasibility of utilizing open source integrated library system (ILS) software for circulation, cataloging, etc. for its membership and as an alternative to their existing ILS system and as an eventual option for libraries across the state of Nebraska."
Quote from the announcement released on October first, by President of the Pioneer Consortium, Steve Fosselman.
The five public member libraries in the Pioneer Consortium that will be implementing Koha immediately are Grand Island Public Library, Gretna Public Library, Holdrege Area Public Library, Lincoln City Libraries and Saint Paul Library. The consortium plans to expand and is currently reviewing interest from accredited public libraries in Nebraska for possible inclusion in their union catalog which will begin in mid 2011.
As noted by Pioneer President, Steve Fosselman in his announcement, LibLime will be providing Pioneer with these Koha services:
- Installation of open source Koha software for one union catalog of all the members' holdings
- Circulation, cataloging, public access catalog, acquisitions and other modules required by most libraries
- Configuration tailored to the consortium's system parameters as well as individual library policies whenever permitted, and branding/look/feel of the software for staff and public
- Data migration, import and record structure profiling in Koha
- Union catalog de-duplication and quality control to allow migrating libraries to easily attach their holdings to already-migrated bibliographic records
- Maintenance and hosting services – phone and online help desk, backups, upgrades and all system administration
- PTFS – hosted Internet "cloud" access to member libraries.
"LibLime is excited to welcome the Pioneer library consortium to our customer family," said John Yokley, the CEO of PTFS. "We are expanding the consortial functionality within Koha to make it a very beneficial tool for consortiums. We worked with Pioneer in 2009 to study their workflow efforts and to identify several areas in Koha where additional development would provide more support for the Pioneer members. We look forward to working with Pioneer to make this partnership a success."
About Pioneer Library Consortium
The PIONEER project began back in 2007 when the Nebraska Library Commission started working with a small group of librarians formed as an Open Source ILS Task Force. These explorations culminated in a 2008 Open Source ILS Symposium convened by the Nebraska Library Commission, and by 2009 seven interested libraries received grant funds to study the possibilities of taking their libraries in a new direction to address their Integrated Library System (ILS) needs. Feeling much like pioneers, this group dubbed itself the Pioneer Consortium. At this time five of those seven original pioneers are moving forward: Grand Island Public Library, Gretna Public Library, Holdrege Public Library System, Lincoln City Libraries, and St. Paul Public Library.
About LibLime, a division of PTFS
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.