St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Today DRA announced the selection of Taos, its next-generation library automation system, by Park City Library of Park City, UT. According to Carol Simmons, Park City Library Director, "We are very pleased to be partnering with DRA to implement Taos, which will allow us to greatly expand the services we offer and provide our patrons with remote access to our collections and to other electronic resources."
In the April issue of the Library Journal, Park City Library Director, Carol Simmons, was acclaimed an emerging library industry leader. The Library Journal's "Emerging Leaders" series highlights new librarians who have had significant impact in his or her area of specialty.
The choice of Taos complements the vision and energy that Simmons brings to her library director position of two years. DRA, a 25-year veteran of library automation, is a proven leader in the implementation of industry standards. Benefits to the community of Park City, UT include the company's Web-based OPAC, DRA Web2, and its completely customizable interface.
In addition to 7,000 permanent residents, Park City Library serves thousands of visitors who are drawn to this world class resort and host city of the Sundance Film Festival. The fact that Park City is an Olympic Venue City for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games positions the library as a key communication hub for attendees and the international press.
Upon finalizing the contract, Mike Mellinger, CEO and President of DRA, commented on the impressive scope of Simmons' background, "Simmons' experience as a stockbroker and library automation consultant backs her decision to choose DRA. Today, the most cost effective automation choice lies in the most technologically advanced and agile systems. As an industry leader in standards, information technology, and customer service, we believe DRA has developed a library automation system that accommodates the needs of modern libraries."
The conversion of the library's 40,000 plus holdings from its current system is expected to be complete this fall.
Data Research Associates, Inc., headquartered in St. Louis, is a leading systems integrator for libraries and other information providers, offering its own proprietary information services software, third-party software and hardware, Internet, World Wide Web and other networking services; and other related support services.