The Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries (VOKAL) is a project of the Green Mountain Library Consortium dedicated to creating a shared catalog and Integrated Library System.
In late 2007 three Vermont libraries joined with a representative from the Vermont Department of Libraries to explore a replacement ILS for Follett, the system currently used by the three libraries. After exploring many options, the group settled on Koha, an open source ILS solution originally created in New Zealand.
In May of 2008, the group chose the name VOKAL - the Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries - as a name for the group and the project.
Initially VOKAL's Koha project was implemented on stand alone system. In October of 2010, VOKAL implemented a consortium version of the ILS and began migrating member libraries into the shared system. By January 2011, 4 libraries had been migrated.
Today VOKAL has grown to 59 libraries. We're very proud of the growth that has been accomplished in a relatively short period of time. Along with adding libraries VOKAL has also sponsored numerous developments over the years. These enhancements have improved the Koha experience for our partners and the rest of the world-wide Koha community.