Woburn. MA-The future of library service in the financially-strapped Republic of Belarus looks a little brighter, thanks to the efforts of a library consultant together with Inmagic, Inc, a leading developer of library automation software for 15 years. The Belarusian University of Culture in Minsk was the recent recipient of much-needed software and documentation from Inmagic.
"These Inmagic materials will be used by our lecturers and students while studying new technologies in the field of library and information science," said Belarusian University of Culture Vice Rector A.l. Smolik.
Instrumental in bringing the software to Belarus was library consultant David Dorman of Lincoln Trails Library System in Champaign, IL. Dorman, invited to participate in the Belarusian Library Association Conference in Minsk last fall, was aware of Belarus' desire for assistance with technology and contacted Inmagic. "Belarus is a poor country with limited resources devoted to library service, yet there are many talented and dedicated librarians who are hungry for tools to help them provide quality library service," said Dorman. "Even paying a nominal fee for documentation is a real stretch for these people, and would certainly be very difficult just in terms of the currency restrictions in place. Inmagic's donation lays the groundwork for students' getting experience with sophisticated software," said Dorman.
"It's cause for reflection that, no matter what country you're in, no matter how few resources, there's a drive to be able to offer access to information through library service," said Inmagic president and CEO Phillip Green. "We're pleased to have been given the opportunity to make a bit of a difference."
Since 1983, Inmagic, Inc. has developed library automation and information management software specifically for special libraries. In recent years, Inmagic's Web publishing technology has helped information professionals manage and disseminate today's diverse resources via the Web and intranets. Information professionals choose Inmagic software for traditional applications, such as online catalogs, serials management, loans and orders, as well as for the management of other information, including competitive intelligence, technical reports, annual reports and photo archives. Inmagic's information management solutions are installed in more than 15,000 special libraries and information centers in more than 50 countries.
Inmagic products are available through the company's direct sales force and through its worldwide network of value-added resellers and systems integrators. For more information on Inmagic or for free download versions of its software, visit www.inmagic.com or call 800-229-8398.