Bethesda, MD – September 2, 2010 – LibLime, and WALDO (Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization) are pleased to announce, that the Bank Street College of Education, located in New York City, has begun using Koha as their new integrated library system (ILS).
"Contracting with LibLime through WALDO enables Bank Street to take advantage of WALDO’S development channels specifically geared toward academic libraries", said Kristin Frieda, Library Director.
WALDO has already sponsored substantial new functionality in Koha that supports the workflows of academic libraries like Bank Street. WALDO will continue to provide new development funded by their members to add even more academic tools to the software.
The Bank Street Library has selected the LibLime fully-managed Koha package. In this model, the system is installed, operated and maintained at one of LibLime’s carrier-class data centers. LibLime has provided Bank Street with installation, data migration, systems configuration, ongoing maintenance, software development and staff training. Joining the WALDO consortium will enable the Bank Street Library to take advantage of the discounts available to WALDO members for LibLime services.
"We are always happy to see a new academic library join the WALDO Koha development group. WALDO and LibLime continue to partner to make Koha a viable and cost-free alternative to the commercial ILS applications currently in use by academic libraries" said John Yokley, CEO of PTFS. "Now that they’re live on Koha, we look forward to providing Bank Street with the same high quality of support that all our Koha customers receive."
Koha includes many customer-commissioned development features, including several highly-anticipated academic library requirements, such as term loans, enhanced OPAC searching, proxy borrowing, and granular staff permissions for extended security. The cloud computing hosting platform LibLime offers provides libraries with worry-free maintenance. No longer does the library have to expend resources on hardware, hardware support, in-house upgrades, or system backups. Koha is rapidly becoming the ILS of choice for a new generation of librarians who no longer want to be tied to the expensive commercial model of the last two decades.
About Bank Street
Bank Street College of Education, located in New York City, is an internationally recognized leader in early childhood education, a pioneer in improving the quality of classroom education and teacher preparation, and a national advocate for children and families. An integral and unique aspect of Bank Street College is its Children’s Programs division. Children's Programs at Bank Street include the School for Children, the Family Center, After-School programs, and the Summer Camp. As an independent demonstration school for Bank Street College, the School for Children provides a working model of the College's approach to learning and teaching and serves 425 boys and girls from ages 3 to 13. The Family Center is a nonprofit inclusive childcare center and a home/community-based special education program for 45-60 infants, toddlers, and preschoolers from nine months to four years.
Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization (WALDO) is a library 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, a division of PTFS
LibLime, a division of PTFS, is the global leader in Koha support. LibLime provides consulting, implementation, data migration, training, development, and maintenance/hosting services for Koha in libraries of all types and sizes. PTFS is the developer of the world’s leading digital content management software, ArchivalWare, and also specializes in library staffing requirements, digitization, and systems integration. For more information, see http://liblime.com or http://ptfs.com orhttp://archivalware.net.