Chamo

Empower your patrons: Chamo lets users create personal lists, tag and rate items, enter comments or reviews and link to social sites like Facebook and Twitter - all from their PC or their mobile device. APIs allow integration with Drupal, giving your library a wealth of options for customizing Chamo to meet your needs

Your Social OPAC enhances your user community

Chamo encourages users to interact with the library and with each other by allowing them to share what they have found on Facebook, Twitter and many other social media sites. Users can interact with your library community by creating lists, applying tags, and providing ratings and reviews. Chamo’s personalization options allow users to instantly see what they are interested in the next time they log in.

Robust search capabilities meet the needs of all types of users

Through an accessible, familiar web environment, Chamo presents the user with powerful search capabilities as well as facets to allow browsing and narrowing of results. Chamo provides user guidance with “did you mean” functionality to suggest alternative searches as well as the ability to do sophisticated, complex searching. Graphical icons allow instant recognition of material formats, while the integration of content enrichment data from Google Books or Syndetics gives your user instant access to book jackets, reviews, audio clips and more.

Patron empowerment lets patrons help themselves

Chamo gives your users the types of self-service capabilities they have come to expect through the web. Patron Self Registration allows the user to register and edit their contact information. Users can also view their circulation activity, renew books, and request materials from anywhere at any time.

Easy to configure, easy to manage

Like all VTLS products, Chamo is designed to be customer-configurable. A web based administrative module provides an easy tool for configuring Chamo. This allows you to set Views and Themes to create separate looks and interfaces for staff, patrons and locations. Facets can also be configured, allowing you to adapt facets to meet the needs of your patrons. Colors, graphics, available options for patrons – you can configure anything when you want it, without incurring extra costs and delays waiting for someone else to do it for you.

Chamo extends your reach, supporting mobile access, integrated discovery and Drupal

Chamo includes a mobile theme to allow access from a wide variety of mobile devices. Chamo also allows integrated discovery across multiple external resources with Visualizer integration, allowing you to search Virtua, VITAL, other ILS and repository systems and any other harvestable data source. APIs allow integration of Chamo with Drupal – even implementation of a complete custom Drupal-based OPAC. Chamo lets you grow your OPAC to meet your needs.

Integration with Virtua and VITAL: Chamo Discovery

When used with Virtua and VITAL, Chamo Discovery is designed to provide an OPAC-centric solution by fully integrating the discovery process within your OPAC. Where other solutions place discovery at the front end, making users navigate to a secondary layer to perform library-specific functions like placing holds or accessing their patron information, Chamo Discovery places your library and its unique offerings at the forefront, with all library functions directly available for your users.