120 School and Public Libraries in Puerto Rico Will Be Automated with the SIRS Mandarin M3 Library Automation System in the Project's Initial Phase
Eleanor Goldstein, Elliot Goldstein (center) and Leonardo Lazo (right) of SIRS Mandarin, Inc. are greeted by Puerto Rico Secretary of Education Victor Fajardo (left) at the presentation of Project SABER (Electronic Libraries Network Automation Systems) held at the Tropimar Beach Club in Carolina, Puerto Rico on December 14, 1999. At the presentation, Fajardo announced the Department of Educationšs selection of SIRS Mandarin to provide library automation software and information technology to public schools and libraries throughout Puerto Rico. Project SABER, Puerto Rico's island-wide centralized library automation network, is projected to benefit more than 640,000 students and 1,500 libraries. (Photo courtesy of Norma Curet, Department of Education of Puerto Rico)
Boca Raton, FL, January 12, 2000 On Tuesday, December 14 at the Tropimar Beach Club in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Secretary of Education of Puerto Rico Victor Fajardo presented Project SABER (Electronic Libraries Network Automation Systems), Puerto Rico's island-wide centralized school and public library automation network. Fajardo also announced the selection of SIRS Mandarin, a Boca Raton, Florida-based library technology firm, to provide library automation initially to 120 libraries in Puerto Rico. Over 400 librarians, educators and administrators attended the event.
Project SABER, developed and implemented by the Department of Education of Puerto Rico, is part of the Department's efforts to revolutionize the educational process in Puerto Rico. More than 640,000 students and 1,500 libraries are projected to benefit from Project SABER, which is supported by State and Federal funding provided by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Technology Literacy Challenge Funds.
With an initial funding of $4.3 million, Project SABER aims to provide all Puerto Rico public schools and libraries with access to a centralized library automation system, new audiovisual and technology equipment and access to SIRS electronic databases.
In the project's initial phase, SIRS Mandarin, Inc. will supply SIRS Mandarin M3 library automation networkable software, Web Gateways for Children and Adults, technical support and training to 102 school libraries and 16 public libraries. These libraries will be able to access an island-wide Union Catalog via central servers located in the Department of Education. Additionally, SIRS Mandarin will provide and install all the necessary computer hardware (servers, workstations, printers, etc.) to the individual sites and the central office in San Juan.
Project SABER's initial phase will be completed in the year 2000. Applications from Puerto Rico libraries to join the project are currently being accepted by the Department.
"We expect this ambitious project, the only one of its kind in Latin America, to radically change the school and public library system in Puerto Rico," Fajardo stated. "Project SABER will allow students from every socioeconomic level to have equal access to the information they need. This will broaden their horizons and complement their education."
For more information about Project SABER, please contact Sandra Castro, Director of Project SABER, at 1-787-754-1120, or by e-mail at Castro_S@de.prstar.net.