Blacksburg, VA. - VTLS Inc. is proud to announce that its new social web OPAC, Chamo, is being embraced by libraries at a very rapid pace. Already 34 institutions have purchased Chamo of which twelve institutions are in full production. The remaining 22 institutions will be installed during this first quarter of 2011. The Chamo users are located in United States, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Europe and the Middle East showing the product's worldwide appeal. At least five more institutions have evaluated Chamo and are waiting to make purchases as their budget situation permits.
Chamo's appeal comes from its very rich feature set. Users can create an unlimited number of personal lists and use them for a variety of purposes including lists to print, e-mail, place holds, or request materials from the stacks.
Bibliographic records can be tagged for later access and use. Books and materials can be rated. User comments can be posted to share with others. Links to social sites like Facebook and Twitter and 160 others are provided. RSS feeds are supported. Your preferred OPAC search can be saved and executed automatically upon login. Interfaces are provided for services from Google. These and many other features make the system very attractive. Deann Trebbe, Technical Services Librarian at Grand Canyon University says, "Great customizable features. It is easy for our patrons to search and access both physical and e-content. We are just beginning to explore and discover all the great features. Customer service has been outstanding! All questions and issues through migration process were quickly answered. Follow-up technical support for cataloging and IT issues is excellent! Kudos to VTLS staff for their friendly and patient service."
Marilyn Guy, Director of Operations at Vaughan Public Library says "We like Chamo because searching for items is much faster and easier and we get better results than with our old catalogue interface!" A staff member at Vaughan adds, " I like Chamo because it lets me be part of my library's catalogue. With lists and tags and reviews, I feel like I am contributing to my library and my fellow citizens instead of just being a check-out statistic."
Chamo is based upon a flexible interface technology that will allow you to offer tailored access for different groups of patrons served by your library. Using the APIs built from Chamo for Drupal, libraries have a wealth of options for customizing Chamo to meet their customization needs. The feature of Chamo that most libraries like is its tremendous speed for even very large collections.
Using the agile development process, Chamo releases are coming out every two weeks with much additional functionality planned throughout the coming year. For a demonstration of Chamo , please contact VTLS at firstname.lastname@example.org, 540.557.1200 or visit VTLS at Midwinter ALA, booth #1125.
VTLS Inc. www.vtls.com, a leading library automation company in business for over 25 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 with Chamo, the web OPAC, Chivas 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 9001:2008 quality certified companies within the library industry.