(Carlsbad, CA - October 19, 2001) - EOS International (EOS) is honored to announce that Maryland Historical Society, the state's oldest cultural institution, has selected EOS International's e-Library Service as the system of choice to automate their prestigious library collections. The library has been a Q Series client since 1998 and will continue using the Q Series Acquisitions, Cataloging, Circulation, Serials and Q @ccess Web OPAC modules to manage and provide access to their library via the EOS e-Library ASP hosting service. Established in 1844, the Maryland Historical Society Library delivers access to their four-century collection to over 12,000 researchers, students, teachers and visitors per year. In addition to providing visitors of the Society's Baltimore campus with direct onsite access to their collections, the library utilizes the Web OPAC module to provide increased access to the collections via the Internet.
Among the more extraordinary items in this impressive library's collections are Francis Scott Key's original manuscript of The Star Spangled Banner, and papers belonging to the signers of our nation's Declaration of Independence. The library's diverse collections of over 6 million historical items include books, extensive genealogy indexes, over 400,000 photographs, journals, newspapers, maps, prints, broadsides, pamphlets, obsolete currency, oral histories, microfilm, manuscripts and more, to preserve not only the state's but our nation's proud history.
"Maryland Historical Society needed a system with sophisticated capabilities that would serve a broad range of clients from elderly genealogists with no computer knowledge to doctoral students and authors who expect a lot out of online catalogs," said Susan Harman, MHS Associate Director for Technical Services. "Working with a limited budget, we had one-day-a-week IT consultants who didn't have much time or interest to spend on the library's needs. We were looking for an efficient product that would get us up and running quickly, backed by good training and excellent, knowledgeable technical support. The Q Series has enabled us to travel light years in automating our collection, and hosting our library through e-Library Service has provided us with technical support and R&D staff responsive to our needs. Wherever our library's headed, EOS needs to be there!"
"We're proud that the Maryland Historical Society has chosen our e-Library Service and the Q Series as their system of choice," said Scot Cheatham, EOS President and CEO. "It's important for the Society to provide reliable access to researchers of their historically significant collections, and having an IT staff that places the library at the top of its priority list is necessary to accomplish this requirement.
Our IT staff is comprised of hardware and software experts that focus their attention on making sure the software and its operating environment are constantly maintained. The result is better performance, more up-time, and less hassle for the library staff."
e-Library Service is a comprehensive hosting service that delivers Q Series and GLAS library automation software and system administration services to libraries over the Internet as a bundled, easy-to-use library automation solution. It offers an innovative, cost-effective alternative to the conventional in-house library automation systems installed and managed by many libraries. Software is hosted at a central data facility where the library staff and patrons access the software via a web browser over a secured Internet connection.
EOS International is a global library information management software and service company headquartered in Carlsbad, California, USA, serving over 5,000 client libraries of every type and size worldwide. In addition to the e-Library Service®, EOS International also offers the
Q Series™ (nominated for a Computerworld Smithsonian Award) - a full-featured, client/server library information management and access system, and GLAS® - a Windows-based library management system for small to mid-sized libraries.