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LibLime Koha is the choice of the U. S. Founding Fathers
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LibLime Koha is the choice of the U. S. Founding Fathers

Bethesda, MD –September 27, 2011 –
The Founding Fathers Library Consortium is live on LibLime Koha. The Founding Father’s Library Consortium is a growing group of special libraries dedicated to preserving materials that document the lives and times of America’s founding fathers. Current members of the consortium include the library at George Washington’s Estate, Museum & Gardens and Gunston Hall Library. The library at Stratford Hall Plantation is scheduled to join in the future. These collections include manuscripts, rare books, subject files, auction sales catalogs, and archives, as well as modern books. Using the features of LibLime Koha, researchers are able to search across libraries or limit their search to one library and limit their search to a specific collection (e.g. manuscripts, rare books, e-resources) or location (e.g. special collections, reading room, closed stacks).

“Because LibLime Koha is open source, flexible, and customizable, it is the ideal ILS for The Founding Fathers Library Consortium. The collections in the participating libraries are narrow in scope, but broad in formats and our users frequently need to search our collections in a way that is different from users of traditional libraries. With LibLime Koha and the helpful support of both PTFS and Marcive (who did our data conversion), the OPAC integrates our manuscripts, modern books, information files, archives, rare books, and serial publications (including auction sales catalogs) into one searchable catalog. The ability to easily link from the OPAC to our digital asset management system to provide visuals of our special collections--images, manuscripts, staff research, and publications of the respective participants--is an exciting feature that we are just beginning to explore. Thank you to PTFS and LibLime Koha technology and community!”—Joan Stahl, Head Librarian, George Washington’s Estate, Museum & Gardens.

About George Washington’s Estate, Museum & Gardens Library
Mount Vernon is the 18th-century home of George Washington (1732-199), located on the Potomac River sixteen miles south of Washington, DC. The Library is committed to being a destination for all who are studying the life and career of George Washington and his plantation, Mount Vernon, by providing access to rich collections of primary and secondary materials in all formats; to serving the research needs of staff and visitors; and to providing responsible stewardship of our special collections. The collections provide a continuous history of the Mount Vernon estate and its owners from the original land patent in 1674 up to the present day.

About Gunston Hall
Gunston Hall is the 18th-century home of George Mason (1725-1792), father of the U. S. Bill of Rights. Gunston Hall is located near the Potomac River in Mason Neck, Virginia. Its library collection features monographs, manuscripts, subject files, and a rich modern reference collection; all materials in the collection are focused on the life and times of George Mason and his home, Gunston Hall, as well as colonial history, more generally.

About Marcive
Marcive, celebrating its 30th year of business in 2011, is a service company specializing in high quality, cost effective MARC bibliographic and authorities processing for libraries. Marcive's role in this project has been to convert the card catalogs and manual finding aids of the participating libraries into MARC bibliographic format that the LibLime Koha software can recognize, manipulate, and present to researchers. A detailed description of Marcive’s significant role in making this OPAC possible can be found on their website.

About LibLime, a Division of PTFS
LibLime – PTFS is the global leader in providing support for the Koha open source ILS. Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, the PTFS LibLime Division 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. The PTFS LibLime Division then facilitates deployment of Koha in libraries by providing outstanding consulting, development, implementation, and support/hosting for libraries of all types and sizes. PTFS is also the developer of the world’s leading content management software, ArchivalWare, and specializes in meeting library personnel staffing requirements, digitization, and metadata keying services. For more information, see http://liblime.com or http://ptfs.com or http://archivalware.net.

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