London, England. With the British media looking on, members of the Co-East Consortium and epixtech staff from the United Kingdom held a data race to demonstrate the unique Co-East project, which links together 181 libraries, large and small, rural and urban, in a virtual private network, delivering to library users a new model for resource sharing. The data race was part of a national press launch held February 21, 2000 at the Rutherford Conference Center, Portland Place, London. The Co-East project was funded by the DCMS/Wolfson Public Libraries Challenge Fund 1999/2000 and is a ground-breaking regional resource sharing scheme that establishes connectivity in libraries throughout the East of England. Those attending the national press launch included Keith Walters, leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, Peter Reynolds, Co-East Project Officer for Peterborough County Council, Allison Wheeler also from Cambridgeshire, and Chris Batt, Chief Network Advisor to People's Network Online, who was the guest speaker.
By working in partnership with epixtech, inc. and other system suppliers, content suppliers and an independent technical broker, six library authorities in the East of England have brought their resources together to create a facility for library users that will give them access to a wealth of information. This will include the combined library catalogues of the six authorities, a citizens' information database which gives a single point of access to community information from those participating in the Co-East project, content databases for homework support, over 2,700 electronic journals, and open learning programs. Much of this information can be accessed from home, the workplace, school, and the community centre by authenticated users on a self-service basis.
The Co-East project uses Z39.50 and other standard protocols to achieve connectivity and interoperability between epixtech's Dynix system and other public library systems across six library authorities in the east of England.
About epixtech, inc.
epixtech, inc. is the leading provider of automation technologies, solutions and services for more than 7,600 libraries worldwide. epixtech's award-winning library automation systems, ConnectLib solutions for patron self-services, desktop management and interlibrary loans and its new Web-based solutions and services empower libraries and their patrons. epixtech was formerly Ameritech Library Services, a subsidiary of Ameritech, and became a private corporation in December 1999. epixtech's library automation solutions meet the needs of research, public, corporate, medical and K-12 school libraries. Headquartered in Utah, epixtech has offices in Evanston, Illinois; Waterloo, Ontario and throughout Europe and the Pacific Rim. epixtech, inc. is located at 400 West 5050 North, Provo, Utah 84604; Telephone: 1-800-288-8020; fax 801-223-5202; and at http://www.epixtech.com.