Markham, Canada - January 29, 1998 - Amsterdam Public Library, Blois Public Library and the National Library of France are the latest in a string of large scale sales of library software in continental Europe that have signed with Geac Computer Corporation Limited.
The Amsterdam Public Library will be implementing the GeacPlus system combined with 30 self-service stations by Autocheck. The stations will be used in conjunction with smart cards, which will automate loans, returns, renewals as well as fine payments. After a thorough and rigorous search for available library automation technology in the market, J van Velzen, Managing Director of the library attributed the purchase decision to the flexibility and rich functionality of the GeacPlus system. "The combination of GeoWeb, an Internet based product that allows users to search a library catalog directly from a web browser, and the Autocheck stations, will allow for up to 400 users to access the library circulation system simultaneously. This not only translates into significant time saving for our users, but for our staff as well. In addition, GeacPlus includes a business intelligence module which gives management timely access to relevant data to support and expedite the decision making process."
In France, Geac won a hotly contested bid to supply Blois Public Library with the GeacPlus system. Blois, a city in the heart of the castle country in the Loire Valley, is building a brand new library. In choosing the software, the steering committee wanted to create a system to be used as a prototype for the libraries of French speaking countries. By creating a special GUI interface for the library, the GeacPlus system allows users to access all local catalogs, CD-ROM and Internet databases from the same workstation. In his inauguration speech, Jack Lang, former Minister of Cultural Affairs and current mayor of Blois, hailed