Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S.A.—Marie Curie Sklodowska University, two secondary account sites, and the Catholic University of Lublin have awarded VTLS Inc. the contract to automate their libraries. All four sites are in Lublin, Poland, a city of 400,000 people located southeast of Warsaw.
The system at Sklodowska University is running on a Hewlett-Packard 9000 Series 800 G50 computer under the HP-UX operating system and supports 128 microcomputers, 30 of which are for public access. The library will be linked to two secondary accounts: the agricultural library at the Rolnicza Academy and the library at the Lubelska Politechnic. The system at Catholic University is running on a Hewlett-Packard 9000 Series 800 G40 computer under the HP-UX operating system and supports 64 microcomputers, 30 of which are for public access.
The libraries have purchased the basic VTLS software package, which consists of the online public access catalog, keyword and Boolean searching, cataloging, authority control, serials control, circulation, reserve room control, status monitoring, reporting and collection management, and parameters and library profiling. In addition, the libraries have purchased the optional VTLS Z39.50 Client, Document Delivery subsystem, and the multimedia VTLS InfoStation.
Founded in 1944, Marie Curie Sklodowska University has 1,560 faculty and 18,300 students. Its library maintains 2.2 million volumes, serves 23,000 patrons and has an annual circulation of 900,000. The Catholic University of Lublin, founded in 1918, has 610 faculty and 8,000 students. The library houses 1.5 million volumes that reflect the university's areas of study: philosophy, theology, law, humanities and social sciences. It serves 20,000 patrons and has an annual circulation of 450,000. The Catholic University was the only independent university in the Communist block after World War II.
VTLS Inc. is an international software company with head offices in Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S.A., and branch offices in Helsinki and Barcelona. The company specializes in library automation and provides an integrated solution to all aspects of library operations for 300 users worldwide. VTLS now has nine sites in Poland.