RAI, the most important Broadcasting Corporation in Italy, has chosen ALEPH500 to automate its library in Rome, replacing BIBLIOLOG, its current, mainframe-based, library management system. RAI was established 50 years ago and grew into a major European network. The company has three TV and several radio channels, which serve the whole Italian population. The Library, with its collection of 60.000 volumes and 500 serials, provides information to TV journalists and researchers.
Besides the collection on mass media communication, unique in Italy for its high degree of specialization, the library includes documents on cinema, theater, music, literature, arts, history and sciences.
Atlantis, The Ex Libris' distributor in Italy, will provide installation, data conversion and training, as well as first-level support. The new system will be operating by the beginning of 1999.
Dr. Stefano Nespolesi, Head of RAI Library, explains RAI's reasons for choosing ALEPH500: "We have found in ALEPH500 an international system that met our need for a flexible, updateable and user-oriented product. Our choice is consistent with the projects of the direction of the TECHE RAI, which is operating in order to create a multimedia OPAC including the different kind of information produced and possessed by the corporation to provide the Italian audience with a high cultural and technological service."
In moving to ALEPH, RAI joins a long list of major international corporate libraries such as Novartis, Bayer, Merck, EMI, Solvay and Huels.