On March 13, 2006, the Amsterdam Public Library (www.oba.nl) successfully switched to its new Vubis Smart automation system. The new system automates the management of 28 branches, including the Library's main branch, and accommodates 400 workstations for visitors and staff. In addition, Vubis Smart interfaces with 54 self-serve and two payment stations. Naturally, users can also access the system from their homes through the Internet.
The OBA's collection is comprised of 600,000 titles, including 1.7 million items. The Library processes 4.7 million circulation transactions each year.
Vubis Smart is an open, platform independent and modern library management system that offers the OBA numerous new possibilities. Examples hereof are a solid integration with NBD/Biblion book cover products; the availability of XML-interfaces ("gateways"); the integration with Microsoft Office; powerful tools for database management (global change, merging of bibliographic records, automated import and export); support for automated notifications (through e-mail) and much more. The system supports various self-serve systems (optionally through RFID) and payment stations.
The installation of Vubis Smart at the OBA also represents a seamless integration with the AquaBrowser Library, a user-friendly and powerful search tool that connects to different additional OBA databases outside the Web OPAC. The new search tool has been completely integrated in the OBA Web site and enables users to instantaneously search all information resources, including catalog databases and music offerings of the Central Record Library in Rotterdam.
Hans van Velzen, Director of the Amsterdam Public Library, says: "We completed all preparations over the last couple of months, without any hindrance to our customers. We have thus succeeded in implementing the new library management system in the beginning of March 2006 together with the new AquaBrowser search tool. Now, the online experience at OBA truly means that searching is finding!"
Eric van Lubeek, Managing Director of Extensity Libraries Division expresses satisfaction with the swift implementation. "Vubis Smart has been implemented in a relatively short period of four months, in which all records from the GeacPlus system have been converted. The Library switched to the new system without having to close for a single day. All self-serve stations remained connected to the old system until the changeover; the accumulated transactions were processed in Vubis Smart once the transition was complete. Extensity and OBA staff worked intensively together throughout the implementation process, enabling the successful completion of the project within the planned time-frame."
The Amsterdam Public Library is a cultural establishment whose aim is the promotion of the free passage of information within the community of Amsterdam. In addition we provide a centre for meeting and education for all sections of the population. This generates many cultural and promotional activities designed to stimulate and propagate an interest in reading, education and the transfer of knowledge and culture.
Electronic information transfer is developing apace alongside the more traditional oral and written methods. Nationally the Amsterdam Public Library takes a pioneering role in this. With 3.5 million visitors per year the library is the most frequently visited cultural establishment in Amsterdam. Preparations are currently underway for the new central city library on the Oosterdokseiland.
About Extensity (formerly Geac)
Extensity has been at the forefront of library technology for three decades with a rich history of providing innovative solutions to this demanding and diverse market. Major customers across the globe have benefited from our experience and knowledge within the market utilizing our highly respected range of automation tools and facilities. Extensity's library products and services incorporate industry standards compliance alongside leading edge technologies to provide efficient and effective solutions to all our customers.