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Press Release: Infor Library and Information Solutions [October 14, 2004]

UK's busiest library consortium opts for Geac's Vubis Smart

MARKHAM, Ontario and BRISTOL, UK - October 14, 2004 - Geac (TSX:GAC, NASDAQ:GEAC) has won a major contract with BT to provide its Vubis Smart library automation system to manage all libraries for Essex County and Southend and Thurrock Councils (Essex Libraries Consortium) in the United Kingdom. The contract was won in a full tender, which included evaluating responses from all the major public library systems suppliers represented in the UK. One of the country's largest library services and a long-standing Geac customer, Essex Libraries Consortium becomes the second UK Public Authority customer for Vubis Smart, Geac's innovative, Web-based Library Management System, which has more than 100 installations in Europe since its launch two years ago.

BT Consulting & Systems Integration selected Geac and its Vubis Smart system following a joint supplier evaluation. It was felt that Geac is best placed, as a leading supplier of library automation systems, to deliver a new system that will meet all of Essex Libraries Consortium's current and future requirements.

Serving almost 1.2 million members through over 90 services points, Essex, Southend and Thurrock Libraries will be able to offer a wide range of new services using Vubis Smart. Vubis Smart supports e-government commitments through e-books, e-payments, and on-line registration. New user services will include both manual and automated SDI (Selective Dissemination of Information). Additionally, Vubis Smart's sophisticated database manager supports powerful collection management features including local information, the Schools Library Service, and Departmental Collections. Vubis Smart also supports Essex's existing RFID facilities.

"Geac's Vubis Smart is the most innovative and flexible system for managing data in a variety of formats," said Councillor Bonnie Hart, Cabinet Member for Libraries at Essex County Council. "We are confident that Vubis Smart will enable us to provide excellent access and service to our customers."

"We are pleased that, after a long and detailed review of the Libraries Automation market, BT Consulting & Systems Integration selected the new generation system from Geac and that as a result we are able to continue a long-standing relationship with Essex, Southend and Thurrock," Steve Barker, UK General Manager of Geac Library Solutions, said. "Our agreement with BT Consulting & Systems Integration reflects Geac's focus and dedication to this important market in the UK and we are confident that Vubis Smart will enable the Essex Libraries Consortium to provide new levels of service to its customers."

Geac Vubis Smart is an easy-to-use information management system for libraries, archives, museums and business intelligence centers. The Vubis Smart information system consists of advanced Web-based functionality for searching information and objects. Vubis Smart transparently incorporates the latest standards in technology and information, emphasizing ease of use with simplified workflows and comprehensive reporting. Based on the latest Internet technology, users are able to better manage books, CDs, DVDs and videos and provide broad reference capabilities for electronic books and electronic journals in today's virtual library environment.

BT Consulting & Systems Integration

BT Consulting & Systems Integration is part of BT Global Services, a unit of British Telecommunications plc (, and specialises in business transformation and change management. Its primary activity is the provision of consulting and systems integration services, including business consultancy, complex programmed management and custom systems design, development and management. With major operational centres in the UK, Continental Europe and North America, the business employs more than 5,000 people.

About Geac

Geac (TSX: GAC, NASDAQ: GEAC) is a global enterprise software company that addresses the needs of the Chief Financial Officer. Geac's best-in-class technology products and services help organizations do more with less in an increasingly competitive environment, amidst growing regulatory pressure, and in response to other business issues confronting the CFO. Geac Library Solutions is a leading provider of information management solutions to over 2,000 information centers including National, Corporate, Public and Academic Libraries in over 20 countries throughout the world. Further information is available at or through e-mail at

Summary: Geac has won a major contract with BT to provide its Vubis Smart library automation system to manage all libraries for Essex County and Southend and Thurrock Councils (Essex Libraries Consortium) in the United Kingdom.
Publication Year:2004
Type of Material:Press Release
Date Issued:October 14, 2004
Publisher:Infor Library and Information Solutions
Place of Publication:Markham, ON
Company: Geac
Products: Vubis Smart
Libraries: Essex Libraries Consortium
Subject: System announcements -- selection

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