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VTLS Inc. (www.vtls.com) is a leading global company that creates and provides visionary technology in library solutions. We have three distinct divisions that serve a diverse customer base of more than 900 libraries in over 35 countries. Our VIRTUA division r... more.
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Dr. Vinod Chachra, Founder and former VTLS President and CEO, will take the role of Vice President of Global Expansion, reporting to Massana and play a key role in ensuring a smooth transition of customers, technology and products globally.
"For over 30 years, VTLS has dedicated itself to delivering solutions that meet the unique needs of libraries and I am proud of all that we have accomplished," says Dr. Chachra, "I believe that the combined companies will bring new resources and offer greater opportunities to customers in solving the challenges of the rapidly changing library marketplace."
Vinod Chachra, Ph.D.President & CEO
Vinod Chachra, PhD, President & CEO
Vinod Chachra is an internationally recognized lecturer and consultant in the field of information system planning. For several years he served as the Senior Consultant for NCHEMS (National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.) Beginning in 1975, he designed the original software that in 1980 became Virginia Tech Library System (now called VTLS). In 1985, in partnership with VTIP (Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties) he founded VTLS Inc. which provides state-of-the-art library automation systems to more than 900 libraries in 37 countries worldwide. Chachra has been active in the library profession for more than 30 years. He represented Virginia in the White House Conference on Library and Information Sciences in 1979, served on the legislative committee for library networking in Virginia, and is a former member of the White House Conference on Library and Information Services Task Force. He has worked with several countries in the design and implementation of their national bibliographic information resources and union catalogs. After earning his Ph.D. in industrial engineering and operations research at Virginia Tech, Dr. Chachra served that university in many capacities. From 1972 to 1985 he successively assumed roles of Director of Software Development, Director of Computing and Information Systems, Vice Provost and then Vice President Computing and Information Systems. During his career, Dr. Chachra has received many honors, including the Distinguished Information Sciences Award from Data Processing Management Association, the CAUSE Award for Exemplary Leadership (CAUSE is the Professional Association for Development, Use, and Management of Information Systems in Higher Education), and the Blacksburg Jaycees Man of the Year Award. In 1992, he was invited to be a member of the ALA delegation to Romania and to serve on the ALA International Relations Committee's Bibliotheca Alexandrina subcommittee. In 1994 the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) elected Chachra to serve on its Board of Directors. In 2007, Chachra chaired the NISO Working Group on RFID In U. S. Libraries, and he represents the USA in international meetings regarding RFID standards. Chachra has written two books, a chapter in a third book, and numerous journal articles.
The combined companies will be led by Innovative CEO Kim Massana, with VTLS President and CEO Dr. Vinod Chachra serving in an interim role as VP of global expansion for six months.
Where they have a strong presence, we don't," Chachra told LJ. "We have a lot of faith in Vinod Chachra," said Guthrie. "In that kind of environment, we can actually take best of breed systems and bring them together into a solution that would be truly excellent, cherry picking the best pieces from all of the software areas, and creating a cloud-based solution that takes advantage of that," said Chachra.