Blacksburg, Va. -- VTLS Inc. recently installed five new domestic libraries with its premier third- generation automation software, Virtua ILS – Integrated Library Systems. AT&T, the Pentagon, Marshall University, West Virginia State College and Val Verde School District have upgraded their systems from classic VTLS to Virtua ILS. In addition to special Virtua subsystems, most of the libraries acquired Virtua's base systems including OPAC, cataloging, circulation, acquisitions, reports and serials. These new installations increase the number of worldwide Virtua commitments to 72.
Both Marshall University and West Virginia State College have academic libraries that selected Virtua with a 128-user license. Marshall also acquired the additional features of journal indexing, inter-library loan and ad hoc reporting to meet the needs of maintaining their 330,000-item collection. For easy access to their online catalog, West Virginia State College uses the Virtua Web Gateway that lets patrons search the library records from anywhere in the world. In the future, West Virginia State College will implement the VTLS Chameleon Gateway that empowers libraries with the flexibility to design a custom-made display interface to reflect the collection and image of the organization.
The Virtua ILS also improved the workflow of AT&T's Information Research Center libraries by adding a feature that customized the Internet request process. "Ninety-five percent of our (AT&T) patrons are located offsite from our two big libraries in New Jersey," said John Shaw, Director of AT&T's Research Center library. "It was imperative that users could access our collection from anywhere in the country." VTLS installed a 256-user license that lets AT&T patrons search for and click on an item and then automatically request it by shooting an e-mail to the library. To satisfy the request, the librarian simply ships the book in the mail to the patron. "In the future, we hope to have electronic books available on Virtua," Mr. Shaw said. AT&T Research Center is a special library that houses more than 30,000 items, mainly targeting the research and development employees at the company. The collection includes business and technology resources used for market research and competitive intelligence.
The public school district of Val Verde in California chose a 32-user license. Virtua catalogs over 90,000 bibliographic records in the 12 public schools that constitute the Val Verde unified school district. The school district finds Virtua's cataloging and search system to be very accommodating to young children and other patrons without extensive computer experience.
The Pentagon library houses a complete collection of over 200,000 titles primarily used for military and legal research. Although the library is not open to the public, the collection is circulated to more than 20 thousand people in the Pentagon and also to other Department of Defense employees. The Pentagon library uses Virtua's robust features, including customized workform templates to catalog their books, journals, national news magazines and government documents. In addition, their tailor-made OPAC lets the Pentagon library offer patrons complete access to the library's collection.
In addition to these five new domestic sites, Rose State College located in Midwest City, Oklahoma, and Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana, are on the brink of going live with Virtua this month.
With the extraordinary amount of positive feedback from customers, VTLS Inc. has expanded and will be attending over 17 national conferences in the next year to showcase VTLS' product line. Please refer to our homepage www.vtls.com to attend a demonstration of our software in your area.