May 15. Following the successful completion of a pilot project which fully demonstrated the capability and flexibility of the Millennium library management system as a consortium solution, the Galician Libraries Consortium implementation has begun in earnest with commencement of an initial phase that will install systems at the University Library of Vigo and the Central Superior Bibliográfico de Galicia (CSBG).
In addition to traditional components of an automated library system, e.g., circulation, acquisitions, serials control, and inter-library loan, the consortium has also chosen some newer functionality, including Innovative's image management software and its Java™ interface modules.
The pilot project itself began in September 1997 with the objective of demonstrating Millennium's ability to support the global and integrated management of the Galician libraries and to guarantee transparent access for the user to a unique union catalog and to the services provided by the participating libaries. The following tasks were conducted during the pilot project:
- installation and configuration of all the basic components of the system: cataloging, searching, and OPAC and system administration
- the loading of 80,000 bibliographic records onto the system with their associated item records from sources reflecting the diversity of the Galician libraries: the University Library of Santiago de Compostela, the CSBG and the Consello da Cultura Gallega libraries
- migration from other library automation systems
Following the formal acceptance of the pilot project, the objectives of Phase 1 are to adapt the Millennium system to the needs of both the participating institutions (University Library of Vigo and Centro Superior Bibliográfico de Galicia) and to provide them with full system functionality at completion of the phase. In the case of CSBG, this includes the integration within Millennium of around 300,000 digital images of newspapers from the historical archives of the Galician Collection and its availability for Web public access.