April 9, 2001—Innovative Interfaces, a leading supplier of Web-based library automation systems, announced that, after an in-depth evaluation, the National Library of South Africa has chosen Innovative's Millennium to replace its exiting Aleph 300 and Dobis Libis systems.
The National Library of South Africa was formed in 1999 following the merger of the two former South African national libraries; as an agency operating in the information and knowledge industries, innovation is crucial to its operation. The library systems in use at the two former libraries were outdated, and interoperability was seriously impaired by incompatible cataloging systems. A single, modern, integrated library management system was crucial for the new institution. An evaluation study was undertaken by a team consisting of members of the senior management of the National Library as well as representatives of the South African library and information services community, which is served by the National Library.
Dr. Peter Lor, National Librarian, said, "Our final choice fell on Millennium, following extensive on-site research of institutions in South Africa using Innovative's systems and another short-listed library management system. Millennium was found to be a stable, low-risk, turnkey system with good functionality and technical capability. Innovative demonstrates an ability to keep pace with rapidly changing technology and has a good track record of smooth, successful implementations in South Africa and a high level of support to local customer libraries."
"We are delighted that the National Library of South Africa has decided to replace its old Aleph and Dobis systems with Millennium," said Mark Carden, Innovative's Director of European and Asian Pacific Sales. "This exciting new project gives further impetus to our commitment to be the top library systems supplier in Southern Africa, and to demonstrating that we are the supplier of choice to national libraries worldwide."
The National Library of South Africa was formed in November 1999 from a merger of the two former South African national libraries, the South African Library in Cape Town and the State Library in Pretoria. This new dual-site institution, with offices in Pretoria and Cape Town, and a unique blend of the expertise and strong collections of two institutions more than a century old, and dynamic, modern leadership represents a major step forward in information provision to the whole South Africa, for nation building and promotion of the African Renaissance. Funding for the replacement library automation project was provided by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.