Ex Libris (Deutschland) GmbH is proud to announce that Tacis, the European Union`s program of technical assistance to the states of the former Soviet Union, has named ALEPH 500 as the integrated library system to be installed in the Russian State Library (RSL).
The Tacis - RSL project "Creation of an Information System for the Russian State Library" is managed by The British Council on behalf of the European Commission. The project consortium includes the National Library of Scotland, EDS Germany and EDS-Lanit Moscow and Jouve S.A. France. "We will be delighted to fully integrate Ex Libris staff in our EU-Russian team from now on and look forward to a close and fruitful cooperation" says Monika Segbert, the project team leader.
Founded in Moscow in 1862, the RSL (formerly known as the Lenin Library) is the largest library in Europe and the second largest in the world, with holdings of over 42 million items. The library is unique in its comprehensiveness and the universality of its collections, which include many priceless books, maps, and manuscripts that date back to the 11th century. The RSL has its origins in the monumental Rumiantsev Library, which counted Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Chekhov, Gogol, Mendeleyev, and Lenin among its regular patrons.
The RSL acquires and stores national and foreign publications in 247 languages. With a reading room seating capacity of 2,000, it serves about 5,000 visitors daily, lends approximately 34,000 items, and also registers 200 new users every day. The RSL is the country`s leading cultural, educational, and scientific information center, where research is conducted in library science, bibliography, and bibliology.
"I believe ALEPH 500 is the best choice for us," said Alexander Vislyi, Deputy Director of the RSL. "The project represents the undiminished eagerness of Russia to remain at the forefront of cultural and scientific endeavors."
With the commencement of the project at the RSL, a major institution of world renown, Ex Libris is looking forward to bringing the latest standards in digital library systems to other libraries throughout Russia.