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New System Improves Public Access at Mississippi Department of Archives and History

New System Improves Public Access at Mississippi Department of Archives and History

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History, located in Jackson, Miss., went live in August with its installation of the Koha integrated library system in the state’s archives and historical library. ByWater Solutions will provide ongoing support for MDAH.‚Ä®

“MDAH is excited about our move to the Koha system,‚Äù said Julia Marks Young director of the Archives and Records Services Division. “We have already noticed that internet search engines are bringing up results from our catalog, which in turn increases public access and visibility of our collections.‚Äù

The Archives and Records Services Division collects, preserves, and provides access to the archival resources of the state of Mississippi. These resources span the days of prehistory and Native Americans to the Civil War, the Civil Rights era, and beyond. Holdings include more than 42,682 GB of electronic records, 70,000 cubic feet of state records and manuscript collections, 250,000 images, 72,000 published items, and 200 newspaper titles.

Founded in 1902, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History is the second-oldest state department of archives and history in the United States. The department collects, preserves, and provides access to the archival resources of the state, administers museums and historic sites across Mississippi, and oversees statewide programs for historic preservation, state and local government records management, and publications. The department is headquartered in the state-of-the-art William F. Winter Archives and History Building, located on the corner of North and Amite Streets in downtown Jackson. For more information visit

Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha’s impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.

Koha’s OPAC, circulation, management and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies–XHTML, CSS and Javascript–making Koha a truly platform-independent solution. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). For more information about Koha, please visit:

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