Blacksburg, VA – VTLS Inc. is proud to announce two new installations for Virtua and Fastrac in Malaysia. These installations take the total count of Malaysian Virtua users to 50.
The (MIROS) contracted for all the major subsystems of Virtua including Cataloging, Circulation, OPAC, Serials and Acquisitions. Virtua will be used primarily to organize the research papers and publications available at MIROS. With a vision to emerge as a world leader in road safety research, MIROS is a new Malaysian government organization created in 2007. MIROS will function as a one-stop center for the generation and dissemination of road safety information through print media and training programs. In addition, the organization will conduct relevant research and implement cost-effective road safety measures to enhance the current road safety level in the country. Virtua will be used to organize the information and make it more accessible. MIROS is located in Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Wawasan Open University (WOU) is a Virtua user since 2006 and contracted with VTLS for Fastrac RFID workstations and gates. The library recently moved to a new building and held a heavily publicized grand opening. The new building provided better facilities and additional opportunities to increase the self-service aspects of library operations. Introducing VTLS RFID solutions was convenient as it integrated well with the existing Virtua implementation.
"We were very pleased with the service provided by VTLS. So when the time came to select a RFID solution for the new library our choice was easy. We let VTLS provide the technology and we focused on meeting the users’ needs," said Kamsiah Mohd Ali, WOU Director of Learning and Library Services.
Gina Phan, Managing Director of VTLS Malaysia Sbd agreed. "It is our service that makes us special here in Malaysia. We are happy that WOU values this service and gives us additional opportunities to serve them," she said.
WOU is Malaysia's first private not-for-profit tertiary institution dedicated to working adults. The Wawasan Education Foundation, a charitable body, supports the university extensively. The main campus of WOU in Penang, Malaysia was officially opened by the Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in January of this year. The new campus consists of the heritage mansion ‘Homestead’ and a modern 12-story tower block. The main library is located in the new campus that also houses the technological infrastructure for WawasanLearn, the university’s online Learning Management System. WOU presently has five regional offices located in Penang, Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Kota Bharu. There are plans to set up new regional offices at Melaka and Bandar Utama (Selangor) by end of the year, and in Kuching and Kota Kinabalu early next year.
The University hopes to establish more regional offices throughout the country, with the ultimate aim to have one in every state in the near future to support its students’ learning.
The library maintains a physical collection consisting of general, reference, serials, vertical files, red spot, tutor copies collections, and an audio-visual section. Their electronic collection includes online e-books, online journals, in-house electronic books, past examination papers, and WOU news clippings.
About VTLS Inc.
VTLS Inc. (www.vtls.com), a leading library automation company in business for over 30 years, provides visionary technology in library solutions to a diverse customer base of more than 900 libraries in over 32 countries. Virtua is our premier ILS solution, Visualizer is our facet-based data discovery tool, Fastrac is our RFID technology, and we also provide cutting edge software and services for Digital Libraries with Digital Imaging and VITAL, our Repository Services solution. VTLS is one of the few ISO 9001:2000 quality certified companies within the library industry.