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    June 29th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    COLUMBUS, OH --June 29, 2009-- LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries announced today that the Charles and JoAnne Lester Library in Nekoosa, Wisconsin, has selected a Koha ZOOM hosted solution for their next integrated library system.

    The Koha installation will be hosted off site at one of LibLime's secure data centers. The Library has also contracted with LibLime for support, training, and migration of their bibliographic records, patron records and items.

    "We decided to go with Koha based on excellent peer recommendations," says Director Darla Allen.

    "As a small library with limited staff, Koha appealed to us for a number of reasons. First of all, we had the option to have the site hosted and therefore avoid many of the headaches associated with troubleshooting and maintaining our own computer. Secondly, Koha enables our patrons to go online and check our holdings, manage their account and see what's new. Our current service does not have that capability," Darla explains.

    "We are a small library in a community that has been hit hard by recent economic woes.
    For a very reasonable cost, Koha will enable our library to serve our patrons in the same way that many larger and more prosperous libraries are able to do," says Darla. "I have always believed that it didn't matter if you came from a small town or a big city, the library offers access for all. Each person who walks through the library doors has the same opportunities as any other library user in the United States."

    She adds: "Koha makes this a reality for so many of our rural patrons. They will be able to use the library more effectively and get real value out of our services."

    "The Charles and JoAnne Lester Library has always played a significant role in its community," says Susan Buchanan, VP Library Partners at LibLime. "LibLime is pleased to be able to provide the support and services to enable the Library to continue to be an integral part of the growth of the community. Implementing Koha will provide library patrons with enhanced access to, and use of, the library collection and facilities."

    About The Charles and JoAnn Lester Library

    The Charles and JoAnn Lester Library serves a population of about 4,500 people in the
    South Wood County Area. The present building was paid for through community fundraising and a very generous donation from Charles and JoAnn Lester. The Library has an up-to-date collection of over 28,000 unique titles and an extensive local history collection. The Library offers wi-fi, 8 public use computers and two meeting rooms for public use.

    About Koha ZOOM

    Koha ZOOM is the next-generation release of the award-winning Koha open-source integrated library system. Notably, it includes a powerful search engine based on Zebra, a high-performance indexing and retrieval engine. Koha ZOOM's search engine can read structured records in practically any input format (e.g., email, XML, MARC) and allows access to them through exact boolean search expressions and relevance-ranked free-text queries. It supports large databases (more than ten gigabytes of data, tens of millions of records) as well as incremental, safe database updates on live systems.

    To try out Koha ZOOM for yourself, visit LibLime's demos:

    About LibLime

    LibLime is the global leader in open-source solutions for libraries, with a mission to make open source accessible to libraries. Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, LibLime educates libraries about the benefits of open source, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. LibLime then facilitates implementation of open-source in libraries by providing outstanding development, customization, support and training solutions--solutions tailored to each library's needs. For more information, see

    Press Contact:

    Tina Burger
    Vice President Marketing, LibLime
    (888) Koha ILS (564-2457) ext. 705

    LibLime and the LibLime logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of LibLime. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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    June 29th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Editorial Introduction - Code4Lib: Long May You Run by Tom Keays

    The Code4Lib Journal mirrors the diversity and depth of interests and expertise of its readership. Our successes, indeed, are yours.

    How Hard Can it Be? : Developing in Open Source by Joann Ransom with Chris Cormack and Rosalie Blake

    In 2000 a small public library system in New Zealand developed and released Koha, the world's first open source library management system. This is the story of how that came to pass and why, and of the lessons learnt in their first foray into developing in open source.

    Extracting User Interaction Information from the Transaction Logs of a Faceted Navigation OPAC by Cory Lown and Brad Hemminger

    This paper discusses the analysis of Apache web server logs from a faceted catalog interface (OPAC) at North Carolina State University. By grouping individual HTTP requests into user sessions and analyzing in that context, requests can be understood as particular user actions, with more specificity as to purpose and effect of an action. Client IP address and time are used as a sufficient proxy for determining user sessions from logs. Some initial exploratory findings of user behavior in the NCSU OPAC are provided, including that users make use of facets less than of text searching, and that some facet groups are used significantly more than others. Links are provided to the scripts used to make this session-based analysis, which could be modified for use with other facetted OPACs which use an Apache front-end.

    Using a Web Services Architecture with Me, Myself and I by Stephen Meyer

    The UW-Madison Libraries Library Course Page system is used to deliver electronic reserves materials and course-focused library instruction webpages to students. As part of a rewrite of our system we broke the application into three component pieces: a file repository, a course timetable data service, and an interface application for building and viewing individual course pages. The new three-piece system was written with an inward facing service-oriented architecture that allowed us to choose the best technologies to solve each of the tasks the entire system needs to accomplish.

    Deciphering Journal Abbreviations with JAbbr By Keith Jenkins

    JAbbr is an online tool developed at Cornell University to help users decipher journal title abbreviations. This article discusses why these abbreviations are so problematic, and how traditional tools are often insufficient, and then describes the novel approach used by JAbbr. Given an abbreviation, JAbbr creates a regular expression for fuzzy matching, tests it against a list of serial titles extracted from the library catalog, and returns a list of possible matches to the user. JAbbr is available as a web site and as a web service.

    Repurposing ProQuest Metadata for Batch Ingesting ETDs into an Institutional Repository by Shawn Averkamp and Joanna Lee

    This article describes the workflow used by the University of Iowa Libraries to populate their institutional repository and their catalog with the data collected by ProQuest UMI Dissertation Publishing during the submission of students' theses and dissertations. Re-purposing the metadata from ProQuest allowed the University of Iowa Libraries to streamline the process for ingesting theses and dissertations into their institutional repository. The article includes a discussion of the benefits and limitations of the workflow described.

    Bibliographic Metadata Extraction from Theses By Götz Hatop

    This article presents the application of part-of-speech (POS) based statistical text analysis to the task of bibliographic metadata extraction from electronic dissertations. By using the approach described here it is possible to detect the title of a Ph.D. paper with an accuracy of about 80%. The accuracy measurements are done using a conceptually simple approach and implementation.