Markham, Ontario -- (January 18, 1996) -- Geac Computer Corporation Limited announced today that its United Kingdom subsidiary, Geac Computers Limited., has signed an agreement with Oxford University for the ADVANCE system and GEOS2 client/server product.
Oxford University will take advantage of Geac's evolutionary implementation strategy, going live with the character-based ADVANCE system Circulation, Acquisitions, and Serials modules, and client/server GeoCat cataloging and GeoPac OPAC applications next summer. The University will move into a total client/server environment using the ADVANCE system server, as additional GEOS2 clients become available.
The Geac system at Oxford University will support 2000 network users (600 concurrent), a database of over two million volumes, and will automate sixty five libraries initially. This includes the Bodleian and other central libraries, which apart from their crucial importance to the University also have national and international roles; faculty and departmental libraries, and college libraries. By the year 2001, the University expects that the system will support over 100 libraries and a database of over eight million volumes.
Mike Heneghan, Geac's General Manager for the UK commented, "Apart from the historical importance of the Bodleian Library which dates back to the 16th Century, it is one of the few internationally renowned libraries of the world and is by far the largest academic library system in the UK. We are honoured by their choice of Geac."
Everard Robinson, Director of the Libraries Automation Service of Oxford University, said, "After weeks of intensive demonstrations and discussions with a number of vendors, we concluded that Geac was the only company which came near to meeting our stringent requirements. We regard it as very important not to suffer any loss of functionality and, consequently, were very impressed with Geac's strategy for a phased migration to client/server and also with the ADVANCE system's flexibility in handling our federal requirements."
Geac Computer Corporation Limited delivers complete UNIX, client/server and other computer solutions and services to various vertical markets, including: libraries, financial institutions, hotels, clubs, construction, property management, newspapers, quick service restaurants, manufacturing and distribution companies. Geac has business centers in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Australia and New Zealand. Geac is a publicly traded company with its common shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (Symbol: GAC).