The prestigious École normale supérieure (ENS) at Paris, founded in 1794, has selected Millennium from Innovative Interfaces as its new library automation system. ENS is Innovative's first customer in France, and will join the growing number of libraries using Millennium across Europe.
The primary aim of ENS is to provide training of the highest standard for students intending to pursue careers in research, university teaching and, more generally, public service and administration. The academic libraries offer students and researchers an excellent source of knowledge, with open access to over 600,000 bibliographic items.
Pierre Petitmengin, ENS Library Director, said, "We selected Millennium for its wealth of options and extensive functionality. The first five ENS libraries to be included in the project are located at two sites in Paris, and Millennium respects the independent management and specialised services provided by each library, whilst allowing shared access to our large catalogue collections."
"We found Millennium to be the only system currently on the market that respects and enhances the characteristics of the ENS libraries, one of which is the specificity of an original call number scheme, established in the middle of the nineteenth century and built upon by many generations of librarians."
"The choice of Millennium is the choice of modernity, with modules written in Java, unlimited Web OPAC, a complete French language system, and the adaptability to incorporate future technological advances in the library world."
Mark Carden, European General Manager for Innovative, said, "Innovative is dedicated to meeting the needs of French libraries, and we are excited at the challenges and opportunities open to us in this marketplace. We are particularly pleased to have the opportunity to work with an institution as influential and established as École normale supérieure, and we look forward to a successful long-term working relationship."