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Madonna University in Michigan Chooses Koha and LibLime

COLUMBUS, OH --July 11, 2009-- LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, announced today that Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan, 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 data migration of their 80,000 bibliographic records, support and training services.

Madonna University is a private Catholic, liberal arts institution located in the Detroit suburb of Livonia, Michigan, within easy commuting distance from Ann Arbor, Michigan and Windsor, Canada. The University enrolls over 3,000 students at its main campus and three satellite locations, and offers programs in more than 75 undergraduate and 27 graduate areas. It is nationally recognized for pioneering four-year degrees in sign language, hospice, and gerontology.

"Madonna University is a primarily a commuter institution, with the majority of students balancing school, family, and job responsibilities. It is imperative that students maximize research time to acquire quality resources. The Library strives to respond to patron needs by offering user-friendly, flexible programs that enhance access to critical research materials," says Director Joanne Lumetta.

"The Koha ILS should prove to be a cost-effective, adaptable, and innovative solution to user problems encountered with the previous proprietary system," Lumetta adds.

The Library is looking forward to Koha's intuitive interface, ease of use, and ability to customize. Koha's enhanced content (book covers) and shelf browsing features are also expected to be popular among staff and students.

About Madonna University

Madonna University Library supports the research needs of University students, staff, and faculty with a collection of more than 110,000 print and electronic books, multimedia resources, and 125 subscription databases that provide 24/7 access to over 25,000 online full text journals. Reciprocal borrowing agreements with several nearby colleges and universities, as well as library participation in the Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries Infopass program, enable students to take advantage of the extensive research resources in the Detroit-Ann Arbor area. Interlibrary loan and document delivery services further extend the availability of library materials.

Librarians offer expert assistance, opportunities for individual consultation, classes and workshops to ensure that students access, evaluate, and use information effectively in the research process. Library facilities provide wireless access and include quiet study areas in addition to rooms for collaborative work.

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

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