Singapore -- December 18, 1998 -- CARL Corporation has teamed up with National Computer Systems Pte Ltd (NCS) to implement an Integrated Library Network System for the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE). The Integrated Library Network System, called MERLIN, will provide a single system for MOE staff and students to access any library within MOE, as well as external libraries.
MERLIN will involve all primary and secondary schools, Junior Colleges, Centralized Institutes and MOE's Headquarters. It will optimize the use of library resources by providing a web-enabled on-line access system to search for titles and access the contents in libraries within and outside MOE.
"The Ministry of Education's requirements are a definitive statement of what school library systems require of their vendors and of emerging technologies. We are looking forward to helping MOE fulfill their vision of providing intelligent information access in Singapore's educational institutions," Patricia Culkin, CARL President said.
This $3.5 million (Singapore) project will help fulfill MOE's vision of "Thinking Schools, Learning Nation." CARL Corporation's Information Management and Delivery system will replace the current mix of locally maintained PC based systems in the 360 libraries island-wide. NCS, with its project management services, will oversee the overall management and function as the point of contact for both vendors and customers for this year-long project, targeted to complete by the end of 1999.
"NCS has had a long standing working relationship with MOE. In our delivery of quality service and IT know-how to MOE, we have partnered with a key player in library systems to ensure not only a system that expedites the learning processes of the nation's young. This certainly adds on to our commitment in providing our IT skills and expertise to MOE for years to come," said Dr Chong Yoke Sin, Assistant Chief Executive, NCS.
CARL's web-based public access solutions such as the multilingual versions of CARLweb and Kid's Catalog Web will allow users to toggle between languages without losing the context of the search and include "intelligent access" reference pathfinders which promote literacy and language skills.
The new MERLIN system will operate from a central server powered by a six-CPU Tandem S7000 processor.
ABOUT NATIONAL COMPUTER SYSTEMS (NCS)
National Computer Systems (NCS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Singapore Telecom Group. Contributing to the local Civil Service Computerisation Programme (CSCP) for the past 17 years, NCS has built up expertise and skills unmatched by any other IT company in Singapore. Since the restructure in April 1996, NCS has been making inroads into the commercial sector and gaining the support of numerous multinational corporations. With more than 1700 trained and experienced IT professionals in the region, NCS is well positioned to deliver projects of any size and scale. For more information on NCS, please visit our Website at http://www.ncs.com.sg
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ABOUT CARL CORPORATION
CARL Corporation (www.carl.org), based in Denver, Colorado, is a leading developer of technology solutions for libraries. Over 750 libraries, serving nearly 13 million library users, have selected CARL systems and products. CARL Corporationís innovative systems and products for libraries include: the CARL Information Management and Delivery System (IMDS), the UnCover online article database, Kidís Catalog, Everybodyís Catalog, CARLweb, Dialog@CARL and NoveList.