The ALAN network, which consists of the National Library of Armenia (NLA) and the National Book Chamber of Armenia (NBCA), today awarded a contract to Ex Libris for the licensing and implementation of the ALEPH 500 library management and information system.
Armenia, the forty-seventh country on the ALEPH map, looks back on three millennia of a rich history. It is one of the oldest Christian nations, and its language occupies an isolated Indo-European branch with a unique alphabet.
Implementing ALEPH 500 will enable the participating libraries to become automated and will also permit the creation of a national Armenian bibliographic database and a union catalog of Armenian libraries.
A center for scholarly information, library science, and the study of the language, culture, and history of Armenia, the NLA has a collection of over 6.2 million items and receives about 10,000 periodicals and 650 newspapers. Its annual circulation totals approximately 1.7 million items, and the number of its registered users, more than 30,000. In addition to providing interlibrary loans within Armenia, the NLA manages loans with some 30 foreign countries. Over half of the 433 NLA staff members are full-fledged librarians.
The National Book Chamber of Armenia serves as a center for a national bibliography, national statistics, and sociological research, and as such provides a central depository of publications. It currently possesses archives of some 2.5 million items that have been published in Armenia and the Armenian diaspora since the 1920s.
ALAN`s critical requirements for its new library system include facilities enabling individual Armenian libraries to work independently in a cooperative environment that is open and standardized; mechanisms for secure entry and for the manipulation of diverse types of records; sophisticated searching, retrieval, and display features; context-sensitive help functions; interoperability with other information resources; and, last but not least, support for a wide range of languages.
At the signing ceremony, Mr. David Sargsyan, the director of NLA, conveyed his gratitude to the Open Society Institute for funding this important project. Describing the implementation plans, Mr. Tigran Zargaryan, president of the Armenian Library Association, expressed his confidence in Ex Libris, with its extensive, worldwide experience in similar projects. Mr. Azriel Morag, chairman of the board of Ex Libris, thanked the management of NLA for their confidence and committed to completing the project before the end of 2002.
For information about the National Library of Armenia, please refer to www.iatp.am/sites/nla/index.html.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers. A multinational company, Ex Libris has offices around the world. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, has been installed at over 560 sites in 47 countries. Other Ex Libris software products include MetaLib, an information portal for library collections that provides libraries, institutions, and consortia with a standardized user interface; SFX, the context-sensitive linking solution for libraries and information centers; and DigiTool, a solution for constructing digital collections as components of an overall digital strategy. For more information about Ex Libris, ALEPH 500, MetaLib, and SFX, please link to www.exlibrisgroup.com and www.sfxit.com.