Warsaw, Poland - Governor George Allen today joined representatives from the Ossolineum Library to sign an agreement with officials of the Virginia Tech Library System (VTLS) for the purchase of VTLS library software. VTLS employs 100 Virginians at its office in Blacksburg and has sales and support offices in Finland, Spain, and Poland.
"This trade mission has opened many new doors for Virginia businesses in the emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe," said Governor Allen. "The software developed by VTLS is an excellent example of the fine products with commercial applications emerging from Virginia's colleges and universities. Libraries from across Poland and around the world clearly recognize the VTLS package is on the cutting edge."
VTLS Inc. was founded in 1985 as a for-profit company in cooperation with the Virginia Tech Foundation, which supports innovations developed by students and faculty at the university. The library software developed by VTLS is multilingual and offers users around the world access to information via the Internet. VTLS has sold its software to over 300 libraries in 33 countries. Over half of VTLS sales are in overseas markets.
With this contract, VTLS will now supply software and support services to a total of 24 libraries across Poland. The Ossolineum Library in Wroclaw has over 1.5 million volumes, including several thousand books dating from the Gutenberg era. The VTLS software will facilitate access to many of these important historical documents for the first time. Prior to this agreement, the library's collections were not automated. The Ossolineum Library will be working with Wroclaw University, a customer of VTLS for three years, to implement the new system.
"I am pleased Governor Allen was able to participate in an important announcement in our company's history," said Jack Bazuzi, Vice President of VTLS. "I deeply appreciate his personal attention to our efforts, and those of other Virginia companies, as we expand our presence here in Poland and globally."
The meeting between VTLS, Polish library officials and members of the Governor's delegation was held at the University of Warsaw and was hosted by the Provost, Professor Siwinski. Following the signing of the protocol, the delegation took part in a demonstration of the VTLS software currently used by the University of Warsaw.
In addition to its work in Poland, VTLS has enabled the Library of Virginia to place some of its archived collection on-line, thus increasing the public's access to important documents detailing Virginia's history.
Governor Allen will continue meeting with potential business prospects and investors while in Warsaw today. He will return to Virginia on Wednesday, concluding the trade mission which included stops in France, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria.