Paris, France - April 2, 1999 - The BPI (Bibliothèque publique d'information) of the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, France has chosen Best-Seller's web-based PortFolio software for their state-of-the-art multimedia information centre and library. With over 10,000 visitors per day, the BPI is one of France's largest public libraries with an impressive collection of over 400,000 items of traditional, electronic and audio-visual materials covering all major disciplines of interest to the general public and the scientific community.
At any one time, nearly 2000 patrons use the facilities of the library and the BPI wanted to replace their existing GEAC system with Best-Seller's proven, robust library software able to handle the volume yet utilising the latest in library high-technology.
François Noël, Best-Seller's Senior Manager - Major Accounts says, «The BPI chose Best-Seller for three major reasons; our multimedia, web-based OPAC which supports all types of print and electronic materials, our established track record in supporting large public libraries and Best-Seller's continued migration of existing products and our development of future products for the web. » Best-Seller is currently implementing the new software for full operation by the end of this year.
This recent $500,000 contract represents another important success for the software company who, since opening their European headquarters in Paris last year, have added the City of Lyon, the City of Montpellier and FNSP (Fondation nationale des sciences politiques) to their existing European client base. With a strategic competitor acquisition in France in April 1998, the company continues to create a strong foothold in France.
Established in 1986, Best-Seller is a leading supplier of Year 2000 compliant library automation software and services in North America and Europe. With over 110 sites, Best-Seller's distinguished clients include the City of Montreal (Canada), the Department of National Defence (Canada), the Supreme Court of Canada, Statistics Canada, the Exploratorium (USA), the French Institute (USA), Geosystems Global Corporation (USA), City of Grenoble (France), National Library of Monaco, Toulon Municipal Library and Vincennes Municipal Library (France).
For more information, please contact Normand Cardella, Manager - Communications and Business Development Support at (514) 337-3000, extension 287.