ORLANDO, Florida and MARKHAM, Ontario, June 28, 2004 – Geac Library Solutions today launched Vubis Smart, its advanced Web-based information management system for libraries, archives, museums and business intelligence centers, into the North American market. Geac made its announcement to library directors and system librarians at The American Library Association (ALA) Conference inOrlando, Florida, the largest annual gathering of the 64,000-member organization.
Geac Library Solutions is a division of Geac (TSX:GAC, NASDAQ:GEAC), a global enterprise software company for Business Performance Management.
With the Vubis Smart launch, Geac is reasserting its commitment to the North American library systems market. “Few companies have as long and proud a history of innovation and success in the library systems market as Geac,” said Ellen Isaacson, North American general manager of Geac Library Solutions. “Vubis Smart represents our third-generation offering to the North American market. With more than 100 leading institutions worldwide having already embraced Vubis Smart, customers in the U.S. and Canada can feel confident that an investment in Vubis Smart is safe, smart and supported.”
Geac Vubis Smart offers 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, Vubis Smart enables users to better manage books, CDs, DVDs and videos, and provides broad reference capabilities for electronic books and electronic journals in today's virtual library environment.
“When designing Vubis Smart, we kept two overarching themes in mind; flexibility and personalization,” said Eric Conderaerts, Vubis Smart Product Manager at Geac Library Solutions. “In doing so, we have presented Vubis Smart users with a comfortable portal-type environment rich in capability. Whether deployed by a public, academic or specialty library, Vubis Smart can be configured to best serve the individual needs of the particular user, creating a powerful information management system and a truly unique user experience.”
Vubis Smart's superior design incorporates library definable formats that provide the flexibility to meet data management requirements today and in the future. Vubis Smart's WebOpac is designed to put the user at the center of the library's services. Completely and easily configurable, Vubis Smart's WebOpac allows the library to tailor the search methods offered, the indexes to be used, and the appearance and functionality of the Web interface itself, right down to the individual user level. Users have the ability to establish SDI (Selective Dissemination of Information) profiles enhancing the use of library resources, creating a highly personalized, productive work environment.
Geac recently announced that the Kingston Frontenac (Ontario) Public Library (KFPL) signed an agreement to purchase Vubis Smart to manage its Digital Kingston project. As the first North American library to purchase Vubis Smart, KFPL chose the advanced system for its strength in managing data in a variety of formats. (See press release entitled “Geac Secures First North American Customer for Innovative Vubis Smart Library Automation System,” dated June 14, 2004.)
Vubis Smart is currently available directly from Geac Library Solutions. For more information, please call Geac Library Solutions at 508-871-6800 or visit the website www.library.geac.com.
Geac (TSX: GAC, NASDAQ:GEAC) is a global enterprise software company for Business Performance Management, providing customers worldwide with the core financial and operational solutions and services to improve their business performance in real time. With more than 30 years' experience, 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 www.geac.com or through e-mail at email@example.com.