Blacksburg, VA - Five branch libraries of the Newport News Public Library System, located in Newport News, Virginia, launched their migration to Virtua ILS - Integrated Library Systems last week. The Newport News Public Library System, which consists of Virgil I. Grissom Library, Main Street Library, Pearl Bailey Library, West Avenue Library and the Law Library, has been a VTLS Inc. customer since the summer of 1983.
"Virtua provides more flexibility for all users of the library - both staff and patrons. The Chameleon Gateway provides a more user-oriented OPAC and empowers the patron to be able to request and renew items easily," says Pat Anderson, Assistant Director at Newport News Public Library. "Virtua also gives the Library System the capability of being able to explore different avenues to provide information to the user."
Newport News Public Library joins a group of close to fifty customers that have migrated to Virtua ILS this year. The library's migration included all of the Virtua subsystems, including OPAC, Chameleon Gateway, Cataloging, Circulation, Serials Control, Acquisitions, Statistics and Reporting, and Reserves. As a part of the migration, VTLS Inc. converted all data from the VTLS classic system to Virtua ILS.
"Newport News has used all the different VTLS modules as they came out, particularly serials and acquisitions. Virtua offered us the same functionality plus a lot more. We've had a good relationship with VTLS over the years and it made [sense] to stay with the same company and move to the next generation system," says Ms. Anderson. Purchasing Virtua ILS with a 128-user license, Newport News Public Library will catalog over 766,000 bibliographic records in their new database.
"The migration of Newport News Public Library from classic VTLS to Virtua ILS proves that superior software, coupled with customer satisfaction and customer loyalty goes a long way," says Dr. Vinod Chachra, President of VTLS Inc. "We are proud to keep such a good customer and offer the residents of Newport News the benefits of our latest technology."