The Hague, 21 September 2005 – The library of the Peace Palace has won the prestigious website award of the IALL (International Association of Law Libraries). This award was granted because of the excellent e-mail notification service that the library offers its users. This service works with Plinklet and notifies the users of new titles and articles that are entered into the OPAC4 catalogue of OCLC PICA's local library system LBS4.
The IALL selection panel explained its choice for the Peace Palace as follows: "The Peace Palace Library site offers value-added service to its users with up-to-date, customizable alerts based on a very broad international law collection, and is aimed at both law librarians and end users."
The Peace Palace Library has been working with the link resolver Plinklet for a while. Depending on the web page from which one clicks it, Plinklet uses OpenURL to list all relevant links for the user to directly click through to the full text, more books and articles about the same topic, or a web search engine for more useful information on the author, the book, etc. And so the user can also subscribe to e-mail notifications about new titles in the OPAC on the same subject, which resulted in the IALL awarding this library.
The Library of the Peace Palace has one of the world's largest collections in the field of international law, public and private law, and foreign national law, as well as an extensive collection on international political and diplomatic history and the history of peace movements. Also, it houses the Grotius Collection, the collection on the important 17th century Dutchman Hugo de Groot, founder of the science of international law. More information is available at www.ppl.nl.