Blacksburg, VA - VTLS is pleased to announce that the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum has selected the Virtua Integrated Library System to automate the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture as they plan for future growth.
The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture is the only major horticultural library in the Bay Area, providing a comprehensive reference collection of horticulture and related information including books, periodicals, nursery catalogs, pamphlets, slides, and videos. The library is named after Mrs. Henry P. Russell, a keen amateur gardener and horticulturist, and a member of the pioneer Crocker family that is identified with cultural and educational development in San Francisco.
The Library will be implementing the Virtua ILS through VTLS' Collection Hosting Services, which provides low-cost, low-effort access to the latest in visionary ILS technology. The VTLS Collection Hosting Service is an ASP service model that also includes comprehensive server and system administration services to remove the complexities and costs of system administration and maintenance. This approach will enable the Helen Crocker Russell Library to focus their resources on providing information and education in support of the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and local horticultural enthusiasts.
"We are all very excited about implementing the Virtua software," said Kathleen Fisher Associate Librarian of Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture." Virtua utilizes the latest in 21st century technology, adheres to current information standards, and has all the features and more that were important to us in helping achieve our goals"
The Library will be taking advantage of the functional benefits offered through Virtua's advanced system design and architecture based upon Oracle, and providing full native Unicode support. In addition to giving access to traditional holdings, the Library will utilize the Vectors iPortal with advanced skin technology to provide web access to their slide collection featuring integrated digital images.
The Vectors iPortal will enable the Library to provide targeted access across their user-base through multiple concurrent interfaces and will also allow them to offer increased services to members of the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society. Virtua's proven SDI (Selective Dissemination of Information) service will provide enhanced outreach capabilities by automatically transmitting update notifications on new library holdings to patrons.