London - 11 August 2001 - EOS International is pleased to announce what is believed to be the WORLD’S FIRST Integrated Library, Archive and Museum system that will use several international metadata formats in a single integrated system.
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry, based at the Freemasons’ Hall in London, has selected the Q Series for an ambitious project to automate their library, archive and museum. The Library and Museum has a fascinating archive and museum collection, in addition to a rich collection of books and journals. Using the Open Q module, the Library and Museum will create archive records in ISAD(G) format and museum records in Spectrum format. These records will be fully integrated with the (MARC based) book and journal records, with shared authority files thus creating a truly integrated multi-metadata format, multi-media catalogue: probably the first in the world!
"We have a very diverse and rich collection of material that we want to make much more widely available as part of a broader initiative to open up the heritage of Freemasonry", said Diane Clements, Director of the Library and Museum. "In due course visitors (and virtual visitors) will be (Continued) able to access the catalogues and discover for themselves the multitude of links that exist across the collections. Starting from scratch in automation presents us with some daunting problems but also some opportunities. It is only recently that standards have been in place for the description of material like archives and museum objects. Adhering to those standards protects our investment for the future. The Q Series is a modern system with excellent features for the library and is unique in dealing with other material like museum objects and archives that aren’t easily handled by traditional library systems. This means we can use a single system across the library, museum and archive collections."
"We’re delighted to be a partner in this ground breaking project", said Ken Chad, Sales Manager in EOS International’s London office. "The ability of the Q Series to handle MARC, ISAD(G), Spectrum and even other formats like Dublin Core in a fully-integrated fashion means it is especially well-suited to libraries that have a museum and archive component. Users will be able to search the whole collection and retrieve not just catalogue descriptions of books, journals, archives and museum objects, but also images and other digital files.
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry houses one of the finest collections of Masonic material in the world. It is open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm. Entrance is free. For further details call +44 20 7395 9258.
EOS International is a global library information management software and service company and Microsoft Certified Solution Provider serving over 5,000 client libraries of every size worldwide. EOS library products and services include the
Q Series™ (nominated for a Computerworld Smithsonian Award) - a full-featured, client/server library information management and access system, and GLAS® - a Windows-based library management system for small to mid-sized libraries.
Founded in 1981, EOS International serves over 5,000 clients in 85 countries, in all types of libraries. EOS International headquarters is located in Carlsbad, California, USA with regional offices in London, Paris, and Singapore in addition to other offices and support centers worldwide.