Bristol England (March 2000). Northumberland County Library, in awarding the first major English Public Library contract of the new millennium, have selected Geac as their Library System supplier.
After a very focussed and intensive period of evaluation, Northumberland County Library have decided that Geac's PLUS system is the one which best meets their needs. PLUS, the standards based server system, together with Geac's full range of standards-based client products, will be installed in all of the County's Libraries in a rapid implementation. A key milestone is the opening of the new library in Berwick-upon-Tweed in June 2000 - which will be fully operational on the new system.
Included in the system will be Circulation, Cataloguing, Acquisitions, Serials, and GeoWeb, the browser based OPAC/Web access retrieval system. The client applications to support these functions are also to be implemented. Additionally Northumberland will be implementing WinBus, the off-line mobile solution which offers local database and borrower access, and Impromptu, the graphical MIS tool from Cognos Corporation. Fully integrated ILL functionality will be provided by VDX from Fretwell-Downing.
A key factor in the decision was Geac's approach to the implementation. 'Geac showed that they understood the implementation issues facing us as we automate for the first time,' commented Mike Dimelow, Principal Libraries Officer. 'And they showed that they had the project management and implementation skills necessary to handle this complex project in our timescales.'
County Council Spokesperson for Community services added "The public library is a key service the County Council delivers to the people of Northumberland and I am very pleased that we are able to develop our already excellent service further with the new system."
"We are delighted that Northumberland County Library chose Geac in the first major implementation of the new millennium, " said Jon Brooks, General Manager for Geac's Library Division. "Geac is noted for the high quality of our implementation services. We work hard to see that systems are delivered on time and fully operational. And our user friendly client/server technology and Web-based public access catalogue will provide a fully integrated solution to allow users all across the County to access the library's collections and a wide variety of other information resources."
Geac Computer Corporation Limited (Toronto Stock Exchange Symbol GAC) is a provider of mission-critical software and systems, supplying industry-specific solutions to large- and medium-sized enterprises operating in a number of vertical markets. Headquartered in Markham, Ontario, Canada, Geac has more than 90 offices in 16 countries and serves customers in more than 40 countries worldwide. Geac products and services information is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.geac.com
Geac Libraries Division provides integrated client-server solutions to a diverse range of libraries including public, academic, national and special libraries worldwide. Details of Geac's library products are available on the World Wide Web at http://www.library.geac.com