“PTFS has supported ILS solutions for 15 years, so the acquisition of LibLime and the addition of their Koha customer base is logical expansion for PTFS. With our in-depth knowledge of both the bibliographic and digital collection arenas, we are in an excellent position to bring the necessary technologies to libraries. We will make the Koha Open-Source ILS more cost-effective for libraries struggling to keep pace with commercial pricing during tough economic times. We welcome the opportunity to partner with all of these new customers to advance the capabilities of Koha,” stated John Yokley, PTFS CEO.
This acquisition expands PTFS’s existing U.S. and European open-source library solutions business. In addition, it will accelerate PTFS’s Digital Library System (DLS) initiative, an integration between the Koha ILS and ArchivalWare. The DLS solution will provide libraries and information centers with a next generation solution by providing a single toolset to manage all of their collections – print and digital.
The first order of business will be to transition the existing LibLime customers into PTFS’s support center. PTFS will focus on enhancing customer support for the LibLime contracts acquired and will immediately assign additional resources required to accomplish this task. PTFS will also take over all existing development projects already under way at LibLime – including the multi-year Westchester Academic Library Director’s Organization project which is adding rich academic functionality to the Koha platform; and the Madison, Wisconsin-based South Central Library System project which will significantly increase Koha’s support of public library workflows in a consortial environment. PTFS is excited to work with all of the sponsoring organizations to expand the Koha platform.
PTFS pledges to enhance and maintain the http://www.koha.org site as the focal point for the world’ s Koha activities– the place to find the latest information on Koha support, documentation, news, and downloads.
Combining the PTFS and Liblime Koha operations will bring nearly 150 organizations totaling over 700 libraries into the PTFS Koha customer support group. The acquisition establishes PTFS as the world’s largest company providing open-source ILS solutions for libraries.