Preston Library at the Virginia Military Institute Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and the U.S.’ forefront provider of Koha (www.koha-community.org)
ByWater Solutions completed the migration for the Preston Library in July and will be providing ongoing support and hosting services for them.
Don Samdahl, Head Librarian, commented on their experience with migrating to and using Koha:
“Last year, after evaluating our existing integrated library system environment with a view to the future, Preston Library at the Virginia Military Institute, concluded that the Koha open-source library system offered us the best value. The primary factors that led us to choose Koha over other systems were control of our data, an opportunity to work with a vendor and a community to improve the product, a stable, wholly web-based system, a system we could manage and maintain, and overall cost. We selected ByWater Solutions as our migration partner due to their experience with academic libraries. After a successful migration, we are pleased with the new system. Libraries looking to the future should give Koha serious attention if they value the above factors.”
Preston Library’s collections include over 300,000 volumes of print materials, over 5000 non-print items, and more than 300 scientific, literary, and general interest print periodicals. Their customized online catalog can be viewed here: http://koha.vmi.edu.
About Preston Library:
The mission of Preston Library is to provide library materials and services of the highest quality; to teach skills needed for academic inquiry and lifelong learning; to support faculty and undergraduate research; to provide access to and promote the use of Institute historical materials; to support the creation and use of multimedia by cadets and faculty; and to offer library services to the community at large. Preston Library’s collections include over 300,000 volumes of print materials, over 5000 non-print items, and more than 300 scientific, literary, and general interest print periodicals. In addition, the library provides access to more than 100 full-text and citation databases and over 60,000 full-text electronic journals, many purchased through VIVA (the Virtual Library of Virginia). Preston Library is a selective depository of U.S. government publications, with current holdings of about 200,000 federal and state documents. For more information about the Preston Library, please visit: http://www.vmi.edu/
Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha’s impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.
Koha’s OPAC, circulation, management and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies–
About ByWater Solutions:
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their ILS than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate Koha implementation and support with library systems of all sizes. Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions to support Koha not only lowers the cost of implementing and maintaining an ILS, but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit: http://bywatersolutions.com/