ATHENS, OH and FORT WAYNE, IN--July 17, 2008-- LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana announced today that The Edward D. Auer Memorial Library has selected a Koha Classic hosted solution for their integrated library system.
The Fort Wayne Museum of Art's installation will be hosted off-site at one of LibLime's secure data centers. The Library has also contracted with LibLime for support on their Koha system.
As one of the Midwest's most dynamic art museums, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art is renowned for its art, architecture, and ambiance. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is committed to collecting, preserving, presenting and interpreting American art and engaging its audiences. Over 90,000 visitors each year enjoy the stellar exhibitions, permanent collection and full menu of educational programs for children and adults.
"I first heard about Koha when I was talking to other librarians about our decision to automate our collection. It was recommended to me by friends and colleges across the country," says Anne Hall, Associate Librarian for the Museum.
She continues: "As I started to do my own research and use demos from a number of different catalogs, I liked Koha the best. This is all before I had looked into it being open source."
"It became an added bonus that it was open source and that we can add features and customize features that we feel we need. It is also very cost-effective for a nonprofit museum!" Anne adds.
Prior to Koha, the Edward D. Auer Memorial Library was not automated and the library has already begun the process of cataloging their records into Koha.
"Cataloging in Koha is quite user friendly so we have been able to enter items fairly quickly!" says Anne. "As a librarian, I am really excited that we can customize features so easily. Being a museum library, we do not just circulate books and AV items and we have been able to make categories to support those items. We can also customize our circulation periods for our different user groups."
The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is one of three museums across the U.S. to choose a Koha solution through LibLime in the last three months.
About The Edward D. Auer Memorial Library
The Edward D. Auer Memorial Library in the Fort Wayne Museum of Art is a collection of around 7,000. As part of a current museum expansion, the library will be moving to a bigger space within the museum as well as expanding its collection to around 18,000. The library will also be working closely with the new Education Center.
Since it was first put into production in early 2000, Koha has enabled new realities of open access, affordability, and free innovation for hundreds of libraries around the world. Koha has lived up to its name, which means 'Gift' in the Maori language of New Zealand. From the outset, many 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.
To learn more about the Koha project, visit: http://koha.org
To try out Koha for yourself, visit LibLime's demos: http://liblime.com/demos
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