Bethesda, MD - April 20, 2010 – LibLime, a division of PTFS, and WALDO (Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization) have announced that the George T. Potter Library at Ramapo College Library in Mahwah, NJ, has selected Koha for their next integrated library system (ILS).
"We are most excited about the support structure and the ability to customize the product. We were initially interested in the cost savings and soon discovered that the benefits moved beyond our expectations. As part of the WALDO Koha development group, we look forward to expanding our existing features," said Librarian and Dean Liz Siecke.
The George T. Potter Library has selected the LibLime – PTFS fully-managed Koha package. In this model, the system is installed, operated and maintained at one of LibLime – PTFS carrier-class data centers. LibLime – PTFS will provide installation, data migration, systems configuration, ongoing maintenance, software development and staff training. Joining the WALDO consortium will enable the library to take advantage of the discounts available to WALDO members for LibLime - PTFS services.
"We are pleased to be serving a new member of WALDO , as we work together to enrich the academic functionality in Koha," said John Yokley, CEO of PTFS. "We will also provide Dean Siecke and her staff with the high level of customer support for which PTFS is known."
Koha includes many customer-commissioned development features, including several highly-anticipated academic library requirements, such as course reserves, expanded acquisition tools, and enhanced searching for music collections. The Software as a Service (SaaS) offering on the LibLime - PTFS cloud computing platform will also feature regular releases throughout the year as additional customer-sponsored development is completed.
"We appreciate the added support network and the opportunity to contribute to the development of the system," said Dean Siecke, "We have a small staff with a range of expertise. Although we would not be able to support a solution on our own, we are able to provide expertise for specific projects. We believe the WALDO/LibLime - PTFS partnership provides a strong support system with the flexibility to include community participation."
About Ramapo College
Established in 1969, Ramapo College is a public liberal arts college located on the New Jersey/New York border. Programs offered include bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include nursing, social work, and teaching. Graduate degree programs include educational technology, nursing, and liberal arts.
Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization (WALDO) is a membership organization supporting the procurement & administration of electronic information services for libraries since 1982. Supporting over 900 member libraries, WALDO offers consortial discounts for over 5,000 products and services.
For more information, please visit the WALDO Website located at http://www.waldolib.org or contact Robert Karen at (800) 326-6495 ext. 1 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Other advantages of choosing a LibLime solution through the WALDO consortium include volume discounts, standard contracts, consolidated renewals and invoicing and centralized billing. Participation in the LibLime discounts through WALDO is available to all WALDO full, associate and limited members.
About LibLime - PTFS
LibLime – PTFS is the global leader in open-source solutions for libraries. Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, The PTFS LibLime Division 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. The PTFS LibLime Division then facilitates deployment of Koha in libraries by providing outstanding consulting, development, implementation, and support/hosting for libraries of all types and sizes. PTFS is also the developer of the world’s leading content management software, ArchivalWare, and specializes in meeting library personnel staffing requirements, digitization, and metadata keying services. For more information, see http://liblime.com or http://ptfs.com or http://archivalware.net.