ATHENS, OH -August 29, 2007- LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, and the Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority (INCOLSA) have announced that the Indiana Shared Library Catalog (ISLC) is migrating to Koha ZOOM for their next integrated library system (ILS) and union catalog.
The ISLC is a diverse, multi-type resource sharing network composed of 30 member libraries including an art museum, the Indiana Supreme Court Library and a wide range of public and school libraries throughout the state. LibLime's Koha ZOOM solution will provide ISLC membership with a shared integrated library automation system, including a web-based union catalog and integrated circulation, acquisitions and serials control modules.
Becki Whitaker, Director of Professional Development at INCOLSA and manager of the ISLC program says: "Koha has a proven track record and the features and flexibility we need. Our members did not want to give up features they used like acquisitions and serial control. We had encouraging conversations with staff at Koha installations that Koha could do what we were looking for and also be developed to meet new needs."
ISLC chose LibLime's fully-managed Koha ZOOM Appliance distribution method, wherein the solution is installed, operated and maintained at INCOLSA's on-site data facility. "LibLime plays a critical part in the migration. Having a resource like LibLime helps shorten the learning curve for our staff and will aid us in support of our members. They bring the expertise, support and software knowledge to get us started," says Becki.
The ISLC migration is the first step in a partnership between INCOLSA and LibLime to offer affordable open-source automation solutions to INCOLSA's 768 member libraries. These offerings will include Koha ILS, Evergreen and MasterKey (a metasearch tool created by LibLime's strategic partner Index Data) and YakPac (a kids' OPAC add-on also created by Index Data). Michael Piper, Executive Director at INCOLSA says, "As librarians use technology to develop new services, open-source software will become increasingly important. Our partnership with LibLime, the foremost provider of support for open-source library applications, positions INCOLSA to provide a wide range of responsive services for our clients. We are eager to develop this alliance with LibLime as we work with our members to enhance our statewide shared catalog."
Open Source is an important part of INCOLSA's long-term vision for libraries. Collette Mak, Director of Library Products at INCOLSA says, "we're committed to enhancing resource sharing in the state through truly interoperable systems and standards -- open source is the best opportunity to get the benefits of the standards we've all invested in." Becki Whitaker continues: "We wanted to make the ISLC more attractive to more libraries by spending resources wisely and building infrastructure that could benefit the program. Open source allows our members to spend their limited funds on structure and staff expertise, not on a prescribed number of software licenses."
"INCOLSA has been a multi-type library network for almost 35 years. Throughout that period we have addressed the needs of all Indiana libraries. Resource sharing is one of the main methods we have used to strengthen the Indiana library community; libraries helping libraries serve all patrons better. The move to open source will, we hope, allow us to better use local resources to extend the opportunity of more global sharing to more of our member libraries."
ISLC is set to go live with their system in early 2008.
Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority (INCOLSA) helps member libraries promote economic vitality, quality of life and lifelong learning. The mission of INCOLSA is to consolidate the strengths of its diverse membership through cooperative action and to provide superior service to member libraries and residents of Indiana on behalf of libraries. INCOLSA serves 768 member institutions, including 313 school corporations, 233 public library systems, 136 special libraries, and 86 colleges and universities. These member institutions represent more than 2,200 libraries throughout Indiana. INCOLSA services include cataloging, cooperative purchasing and discounts, database access, document delivery and Wheels, eLearning, shared library catalogs (ISLC), INSPIRE, I*Ask (reference and referral and interlibrary loan), technology training and support, automation consulting, OCLC services, PALNI (Private Academic Library Network of Indiana), continuing education opportunities, and more.
As the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, LibLime offers a refreshing alternative to expensive proprietary software. Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, LibLime promotes the benefits of open source, enabling libraries to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. LibLime enables libraries to use open-source software to its full potential by providing outstanding commercial support services - hosting, migration assistance, staff training, support, software maintenance, and development--solutions tailored to each customer's needs.
Use of open source not only lowers the per-library cost of running software, it also empowers libraries with a higher level of control over customization and the overall direction of software development.
Since it was first put into production in early 2000, Koha has enabled new realities of open access, affordability, and free innovation for a diverse community of hundreds of academic, consortia, public, special collection, religious and school libraries around the globe.
Koha has lived up to its name, which means ‘Gift' in the Maori language of New Zealand. From the outset, libraries understood the power of this gift. They downloaded it, they installed it, they changed it, and they contributed their solutions back to the library community.
Several companies around the world support Koha, providing libraries with a full array of services including installation, migration assistance, data integrity testing, staff training, software maintenance, support and customization. To learn more about what services are available visit http://koha.org/support/.