Westborough, MA. The Brooklyn Public Library System recently received fund allocations of $12 million dollars, to be used for technology projects and building repairs. Included in this technology initiative is an upgrade of the Library's current automation system, Geac's PLUS system.
The system upgrade adds new hardware and client products, and the implementation of a public access catalog. The upgraded PLUS system operates on a Sun Enterprise 4000 and incorporates Geac's client/server product line—GeoWeb, a Web-based access solution; GeoPac, a public access research workstation; and GeoCat, a MARC cataloging client.
The client products provide the Library staff with tools for more efficient library operations, and patrons benefit from a familiar graphical user interface. The combination of a client/server architecture and an expandable database led the Library to invest almost $2 million in its upgraded Geac System.
Part of the funding allocated to Brooklyn Public Library came from the combined efforts of the Mayor's Office, Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden, and the Brooklyn Delegation to the New York City Council, totaling in excess of six million dollars. The additional funding came from public funds and public/private partnerships.
This year marks the 100th birthday of the founding of the Brooklyn Public Library. In its Centennial year, the Library has expanded and renovated its facilities, and begun new initiatives to benefit its 58 branches, library patrons, and the Brooklyn community. Among those initiatives is the inauguration of its first Multilingual Center, unifying the Library's collection of books and programs in languages other than English as well as language learning software; establishing a second branch site for children with disabilities to participate in library programs; a million-dollar expansion of the Connecting Libraries and Schools Project (CLASP)—an outreach program between branch libraries and schools; and major capital renovations to many of the 58 branches, including the Central Library. This fall, the Library established its first Foundation Board to continue to provide capital improvements into the next century.
Geac Computer Corporation Limited delivers complete UNIX, client/server, and other computer solutions and services to various vertical markets, including: public, academic, school, and special libraries; financial institutions; hotels and clubs; construction and property management; and manufacturing and distribution companies. Geac has business centers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Australia, and New Zealand. Geac is a publicly traded company with its common shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (Symbol: GAC).