COLUMBUS, OH --Sept. 11, 2009-- LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries announced today the launch of a new hosted, subscription-based Koha ILS service: the Koha Express.
LibLime's Koha Express is a full-featured integrated library system, distributed via Software as a Service on LibLime's cloud computing platform. This subscription-based, turnkey solution offers the award-winning Koha ILS at a fraction of the cost of a traditional commercial solution. It lets small libraries stay within budget without sacrificing features.
The hosted solution is a flat $299/year and includes software installation and hosting by LibLime.
Koha Express is a community-focused solution that runs official Koha Project releases (currently 3.0.2). Koha Express libraries can take advantage of the extensive Koha community resources--including real-time chat, mailing lists and the comprehensive documentation contributed to the community by LibLime. It is ideal for small public, school, and special libraries.
"At $299 per year, Koha Express drastically reduces the barrier for libraries worldwide who need an enterprise-class, web-based integrated library system," says LibLime CEO, Joshua Ferraro.
"We've been hearing from libraries for some time that there is a need for a solution at this price point," continues Ferraro. "Thanks to LibLime's new cloud computing platform, we are finally able to offer a product to the most budget-conscious libraries that is economically sustainable for the company as well."
With over 1,000 Koha libraries worldwide, community-backed support finally represents a viable alternative for libraries who do not need or can't afford traditional commercial Koha support from a vendor.
"This solution lets libraries collaborate on a level they are very comfortable with: supporting one another. At the same time, it puts the most technically challenging aspects of running an ILS into LibLime's expert hands," explains Ferraro.
Koha is currently in production on six continents and has been translated into dozens of languages. With Koha Express, LibLime is poised to expand its user base beyond North America.
How Koha Express Works
Signing up for Koha Express is entirely automated and libraries can purchase the solution from LibLime's secure e-commerce Website. After purchase, login information for the library's Koha installation is delivered to the library administrator's email within 24 hours. From there, the library can utilize documentation and community support to proceed with data migration and configuration of the new system.
LibLime offers three additional add-on packages for Koha Express for libraries that would like assistance with Data Migration, Training and OPAC Customization.
To find out more about Koha Express, visit: http://www.liblime.com/products/koha/koha-express
LibLime is the global leader in open-source solutions for libraries, with a mission to make open source accessible to libraries. Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, LibLime educates libraries about the benefits of open source, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. LibLime then facilitates implementation of open-source in libraries by providing outstanding development, customization, support and training solutions--solutions tailored to each library's needs. For more information, see http://liblime.com.