Amsterdam, NL. July 27, 2006 -- The American Library in Paris (ALP) combines a distinguished history with today's technology to offer France an esteemed research collection in American studies and Anglo-American literature.
ALP is the first library in France to choose AquaBrowser Library: a modern technology that "opens" the library's collection for patrons in a new way. AquaBrowser Library is a visually captivating, intelligent OPAC interface that enables patrons to search, discover, and refine for successful search results. ALP has been using AquaBrowser for several months to further open its over 128,700 item collection to patrons.
ALP joins progressive libraries throughout the world that have chosen AquaBrowser Library, including Queens Library (NY, US); University of Tübingen Library (Germany), Sor-Varangar Library (Norway), Amsterdam Public Library (Netherlands), and many others.
"With the technological upgrade in February 2006, people are able to consult the collection via the Internet," Adele D. Witt, ALP Assistant Director, said. "This is the first opportunity for many people to discover what we have in our collection. With the varied patron base, most members are bilingual. AquaBrowser offers a new way of finding what is available in the collection."
The American Library in Paris dates its early beginnings to World War I, when the American Library Association created the Library War Service to send books to American infantrymen in France. In 1920, ALA founded the American Library in Paris using the 30,000 books that were left over from the war.
The American Library in Paris endured, despite the upheaval of the Second World War and the hardships of the Depression. During World War II, ALP was one of the few libraries able to remain open as a resource for soldiers and civilians. Over the years, the library not only survived, but thrived, a magnet for the who's who of the American literary scene. ALP's monthly literary review, "Ex Libris," included articles by Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein. In 1928, Stephen Vincent Benet's published the epic "John Brown's Body" which he wrote at the American Library in Paris. Throughout the years, ALP was patronized by literary greats Richard Wright, Irwin Shaw, William Styron, and Mary McCarthy.
Today, ALP is located near the Eiffel Tower and has 2,200 members, who not only benefit from the library's research collection, but the newest in works of fiction.
The Library Corporation has sold AquaBrowser Library to over 90 libraries around the world since signing an exclusive agreement with Medialab Solutions, BV, in 2005.
To see ALP's AquaBrowser catalog, access. www.americanlibraryinparis.org.