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VTLS Announces Virtua Implementations

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VTLS Announces Virtua Implementations

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VTLS, Inc. has announced that Bibliotheque Cantonale et Universitaire (BCUF) in Fribourg, Switzerland, has started using Virtua Acquisitions in production mode, marking the first "live" use of the system. In separate announcements, VTLS has also announced that Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, has migrated from the VTLS-99 software to its Virtua system; Taiwan's Tamkang University has recently completed installation of the Unicode Chinese version ofVirtua; and Brazil's State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) has implemented the Virtua system.


According to the announcement, the implementation of Virtua at BCUF is also the first to make use of Virtua's unique capability of managing acquisitions for local libraries from a union catalog, in this case the RERO Union Catalog. BCUF is a member of the Reseau des Bibiotheques Romandes et Tessoines (RERO) consortium, which had earlier migrated its VTLS-99 Union Catalog to Virtua. The Union Catalog implementation of Virtua Acquisitions allows streamlined work flows for RERO member institutions while ensuring confidentiality of local data.

According to the announcement, BCUF's requirements for an acquisitions system are demanding. "Our library spends 3.4 million Swiss francs each year on books and materials," said Pierre Buntschu, BCUF project manager. "We order from 600 suppliers from about 20 countries, and each year we place about 18,000 orders. We are happy to be the first user of the Virtua Acquisitions system, which we have started using in production mode. On the basis of our initial tests, Virtua Acquisitions is very complete and powerful." With the implementation of Virtua Acquisitions at BCUF, all of the major subsystems of Virtua are available in production mode.

Bibliotheque Cantonale et Universitaire in Fribourg is a union catalog serving 16 libraries and is one of seven regional union catalogs that in turn contribute to RERO. The R.ERO consortium consists of a total of 183 libraries. The RERO Union Catalog is currently the largest Virtua database, containing 3.4 million holdings with nearly 2.5 bibliographic records and 85,000 multilingual authority records.

Mary Washington College

The migration from VTLS-99 to Virtua involved all of Mary Washington's installed VTLS subsystems, including OPAC (with WWW Gateway), Cataloging, Circulation, Serials Control, Acquisitions, and Reserve Room Control. As a part of the migration, VTLS converted all data from the VThS system to Virtua. This milestone is the first of many scheduled migrations from VTLS to Virtua in the U.S. and around the world.

LeRoy Strohi, library director of Simpson Library at Mary Washington College, said, "We are excited about the third-generation technology that Virtua represents, and about the additional functional capabilities that Virtua will provide to both faculty and students."

Mary Washington College has been using VTLS software since 1985. The Simpson Library holds over 300,000 volumes with approximately 1,300 current periodicals.

Vinod Chachra, president of VTLS, said: "The migration of Mary Washington College from VTLS-99 to Virtua proved very interesting. Not only did they expect all of the advanced features offered by Virtua but also all of the fine features provided in VTLS-99. I am glad the students and faculty of Mary Washington College will be able to enjoy the benefits of our latest technology. …

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