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Southeast Kansas Library System Selects Koha ZOOM

ATHENS, OH--August 7, 2008-- LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, announced today that the Southeast Kansas Library System in Kansas has selected a Koha ZOOM hosted solution for their next integrated library system.

SEKLS is the 8th consortium in 2008 to select LibLime's Koha ZOOM solution.

SEKLS's consortial collection of 364,000 items will be hosted offsite at one of LibLime's secure data centers. The Library has also contracted with LibLime for data migration, training and support on their Koha system.

SEKLS --a consortium with 104 member libraries-- is forming an ILS consortium with an initial 11 public libraries who will migrate to the Koha ZOOM system.

"We expect to grow our consortium beyond the initial 11 libraries, and anticipate that some school and possibly academic libraries may join," says Roger Carswell, Director of the Southeast Kansas Library System.

The ability to customize and steer development played a large part in the decision to go with Koha.

"SEKLS consortium libraries liked the idea of an open-source product whose future development we could help determine and which could be customized to our circumstances," explains Roger. "Koha was powerful enough to accommodate our needs and potential growth and flexible enough to do what we want at a cost we could afford."

About Southeast Kansas Library System

The Southeast Kansas Library System is a regional multi-type library system serving 15 counties of southeast Kansas. They have 104 member libraries. Headquarters for SEKLS is in Iola Public Library in Iola, KS. Besides the ILS consortium, SEKLS services to member libraries include grants, interlibrary loan, cataloging, rotating books, continuing education, consulting, and technology support.

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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