St. Louis, Missouri, USA - April 30, 1997: Data Research Associates, Inc. (DRA) today announced that DRA systems are installed or being installed at more than 100 community colleges or equivalent institutions around the globe, including the four largest community colleges in the United States.
Within the past six months, the Los Angeles Community College District, California; and the City Colleges of Chicago, Illinois, the country's largest and fourth largest community colleges, respectively, selected DRA as their library automation vendors. Florida's Miami-Dade Community College (a member of DRA customer the College Center for Library Automation); and Arizona's Maricopa Community College District - both long-time DRA customers - rank second and third in size, respectively. Also within the past six months, community colleges newly selecting DRA systems include the Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), Pennsylvania; and Laredo Community College, Texas.
Community colleges (and equivalent institutions in other countries) frequently find DRA's products and services an attractive choice for their environment. DRA's ability to provide a high degree of customization for each library within the college; a rigid adherence to library standards that provide a common base for resource sharing; a clear path to incorporating the latest, Web-based technologies; strong expertise in local- and wide-area networking; and high-speed Internet access services make DRA's system ideally suited for the community college.
Candice Case, HACC's Serials Librarian, comments, "We appreciate the logical sequence and layout of DRA's modules, and the way they followed the standards. When we first saw them demonstrated, it was as if we'd seen them before; they all made sense. We also are looking forward to the changes that will come with DRA's new product, based on object-oriented design, and the care with which DRA is bringing new technology to us."
DRA, headquartered in St. Louis, is a leading systems integrator for libraries and other information providers, offering its own proprietary information services software; third-party software and hardware; Internet, World Wide Web and other networking services; and other related support services. Its World Wide Web page is located at http://www.dra.com.