Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S.A.—VTLS Inc. announces that the Jewish Public Library (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) has installed UNIX-based VTLS as its library automation software. The system runs on a Hewlett-Packard 9000 Series 800 G30 computer and supports 29 workstations, 5 of which are for public access. The system will soon support four languages—English, French, Hebrew and Yiddish—via the Windows-based VTLS EasyPAC, which resides on all workstations.
Housing 13U,000 volumes, the Jewish Public Library is a community, membership-based iibrary that is open to everyone and has an annual circulation of 170,000. VTLS developed an interface to allow the transfer of information from the existing membership database to the patron database in the VTLS Circulation subsystem.
Founded in 1914 as a reading room for immigrants, the Jewish Public Library has developed into a dynamic library and cultural center offering numerous services. It maintains one of the best Judaica collections in North America. The collection consists of materials in five languages—English, French, Hebrew, Yiddish and Russian—and includes 1,500 rare books. Researchers from around the world use the library's resources.
According to Charles Kless, head of Administrative and Information Services at the library, the Jewish Public Library chose VTLS because the software suited their multilingual requirements and because VTLS Inc. offers the promise of exciting innovations.
"The Jewish Public Library is proud and excited to be a member of the VTLS family of automated libraries," said Kless. "VTLS has been able to satisfy our library's unique requirements for a multilingual system, including Hebrew, Yiddish, and French, which will enable us to be at the forefront of providing leading edge library services to our diverse client groups as we move into the 21st century."