The Chile Dirección de Bibliotecas, Archivos y Museos (DIBAM) is the organization that merges prestigious national heritage and memory institutions; it is linked to the Chilean Government, through the Ministry of Education, and serves as a referent for the nation heritage and memory institutions. Amongst the centers that constitute it we find national museums, the National Library, public libraries (more than 450), the National Archives and several specialized centers. Therefore, DIBAM can be considered the supreme governing body for heritage policies in Chile.
Recently this prestigious national organization launched an offer to tender for the service of implementation and maintenance of a platform for public digital library aimed to be used by the Sistema Nacional de Bibliotecas Públicas. Tendering requirements were highly demanding, as it corresponds to such a governing body.
Therefore, the company OdiloTID can proudly announce that the national center governing Chilean heritage and memory has selected its e-books loan platform OdiloTK, in order to meet the needs of the entire Sistema Nacional de Bibliotecas Públicas, especially when the reason for the award to our platform is that it is the only one that satisfies all tough requirements set in the tendering.
First, the implementation of a platform to run as digital public library through e-books loan was a demand. This included advanced options, such as import, metadata, copyright protection, DRM encryption, standardized cataloging, indexation, statistics and integration with the Sistema Nacional de Bibliotecas Públicas users database from the collections management software ALEPH.
In addition, the platform had to have a setting that could allow the system to establish functional permissions for every library member of the Sistema Nacional de Bibliotecas Públicas network, setting its relationships with users and their relevant restrictions.
In the third place, the platform should allow the end user to have at his/her disposal a Web OPAC to track electronic resources (e-books, audio, video, etc.), until finding something of his/her interest and downloading the title for its reading, according to loan policies defined by the Sistema Nacional de Bibliotecas Públicas.
On the other hand, the contractor had to be in charge of the platform hosting, as well as of digital objects in servers, external to DIBAM; and had to offer loan services at a national and international level, 24x7x365.
In the fifth place, the platform had to be initially implemented with a basic collection of at least 2.000 e-books under EPUB format for all the texts, except those with graphics and images, which could be loaded under PDF format, which had to be provided by the contractor and included in the offer, the main publishers in Spanish language, and protecting copyright with advanced technologies. Titles selection would be exclusively in charge of DIBAM.
With the co-operation of our partner in Chile, Antonio Bascuñán Gráfica Limitada, OdiloTID offered its platform OdiloTK to the tendering that just now it has won. Not a casuality that DIBAM has chosen OdiloTK as digital library for e-books: it is an edge tool in which our company has been working for several years, contributing and developing the best available technology; and promoting a philosophy of service that already has begun to bear fruit at a national and international level. Currently, it is difficult to find in the market a technologically so sound platform, in addition so aimed to meet library needs, as OdiloTK.
Therefore, it is, as we said, a reason of proud and honor for OdiloTID the fact that the supreme governing body of heritage in a very developed country, from the library point of view, has recognized our efforts and decided that its Sistema Nacional de Bibliotecas Públicas enjoy the OdiloTK platform.
We are confident that DIBAM expectations will be amply fulfilled and service will be extended in the future. It is a case, in the framework of our internationalization strategy, which particularly satisfies us.