Blacksburg, VA -- The Jewish Public Library (JPL) completed its migration to Virtua ILS this month, citing the system's full Unicode support as one of the attractive features that will offer better service to patrons.
"The Unicode features of Virtua and Windows 2000 have enabled us to better serve our multilingual community with a much more user-oriented OPAC, and have offered us a more streamlined process of checks and balances in our cataloguing procedures,” said Eddie Paul, Head of Technical Services at JPL.
Virtua ILS is the only system currently on the market that fully complies with the Unicode standard on both the client and server levels. Virtua stores data in Unicode so that users may import, catalog and display records in any language or change interface languages with a click of a button. With Unicode as an integral part of the design, Virtua can also store multiple scripts within the same MARC tag or subfield allowing users to search for the same records in different languages. “For the first time, we will be opening up access to our Yiddish and Hebrew holdings, approximately 40 percent of our collection, through our [Virtua Chameleon] Web Gateway, and users will be able to browse a previously-inaccessible collection of material unique in North America," says Mr. Paul.
To manage the library's 130,000 bibliographic records and serve the more than 85,000 patrons who visit each year, JPL has purchased a Virtua 32-user license including all of Virtua's subsystems. “Virtua is more locally-configurable, and the integrated subsystems have distilled our workflows into a more cohesive environment. The System Client is an excellent tool,” says Mr. Paul.