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    February 16th, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire



    Nathan Curulla

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    Huntington Public Library joins VOKAL and Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and the US’s forefront provider of Koha ( support, is happy to welcome Huntington Public Library to Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries (VOKAL). Huntington Public Library is now live on the Koha integrated library system through VOKAL.

    VOKAL now has 30 libraries using the system and expects to grow to about 40 over the next 2 years. The system contains 604,000+ items and 44,000+ patrons. Circulation in January, before the addition of Huntington Public Library, exceeded 159,000. VOKAL is the largest public library system in Vermont.

    Richard Pritsky, Assistant Director at Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg, VT and member of the VOKAL implementation team states simply that “VOKAL + ByWater = Wonderful Koha Synergy!”

    Nicole C. Engard, Vice President of Education at ByWater Solutions, welcomes the Huntington Public Library to the Koha community and VOKAL, “Having helped train VOKAL libraries these past few years has been an awesome experience. The libraries in this consortium contribute so much to the Koha community at large and love learning to use their Koha system. I am happy to welcome yet another library to this amazing group!”

    About the Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries (VOKAL):

    The Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries (VOKAL), is a project of the Green Mountain Library Consortium dedicated to creating a shared catalog and Integrated Library System.

    In 2007, the Stowe Free Library, the Carpenter-Carse Library (Hinesburg), and the Kimball Public Library (Randolph) joined with Sheila Kearns of the Vermont Department of Libraries to explore options for an ILS system to replace Follett. They decided on Koha, and in May of 2008, this team became VOKAL. For more information about VOKAL, please visit:

    About Koha:

    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–XHTML, CSS and Javascript–making Koha a truly platform-independent solution. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). For more information about Koha, please visit:

    About ByWater Solutions:

    With over 10 years of experience, ByWater Solutions offers customized hosting, data migration, configuration, installation, training, support options and development of the enterprise class open source library system, Koha. Offering a 24/7 technical helpline, ByWater Solutions’ clients have the support system they need to make their software work for them. ByWater Solutions pledges to share 100% of all developed code to the Koha community for the strengthening and advancement of the Koha ILS. For more information about ByWater Solutions, please visit: