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DRA is selected for Singapore countrywide library automation

Library Systems Newsletter [December 1996]

Data Research Associates, Inc. (DRA) has been selected by the country of Singapore to provide the hardware, software, and software-customization components for LibServ, a project that will link leading libraries in Singapore and create a "Network of Borderless Libraries."

LibServ's goal is to provide every citizen of Singapore with rapid access to the entire knowledge base represented by the country's approximately 550 national, academic, school, and special libraries. LibServ will serve as the intermediary between the variety of participating library systems and millions of end-users. DRA's design for the system will include advanced implementations of interlibrary loan and document delivery to route desired materials, and to ensure the most efficient delivery of a desired print or electronic document.

A Singapore citizen will be able to connect into LibServ from home or office seeking a particular book, magazine article, or other piece of information. LibServ will search all participating libraries-a group that should include virtually all of the island's libraries after a multi-year phase-in period-and determine which one offers the most efficient delivery to the requesting person. The ILL and document delivery functions of LibServ then perform such functions as determining if the requestor is a patron of the chosen library, allocating and tracking any interlibrary charges that may occur when the chosen library lends the item to the requestor's "home" library, alerting a librarian if human intervention is required, and providing for delivery of the requested material.

LibServ is a multi-agency effort, with the National Computer Board as the architect and catalyst, and the newly established National Library Board and other organizations such as the National Science and Technology Board as user liaisons.

[Contact: Data Research Associates, Inc., 1276 North Warson Road, P.O. Box 8495, St. Louis, MO 63132-1806; 314-432-1100 or 800-325-0888; FAX 314-993-8927;]

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Publication Year:1996
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Library Systems Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 16 Number 12
Issue:December 1996
Publisher:American Library Association
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Notes:Howard S. White, Editor-in-Chief; Richard W. Boss, Contributing Editor
Company: Data Research Associates, Inc.
Products: ATLAS
Libraries: Singapore
Record Number:5488
Last Update:2022-08-06 20:50:10
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00