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Major Mexican University Libraries Choose Cuadra STAR Software

Magazine article Information Today

Major Mexican University Libraries Choose Cuadra STAR Software

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Major Mexican University Libraries Choose Cuadra STAR Software

Two Mexican universities, the National University of Mexico (UNAM) and El Colegio de Mexico, have independently selected the Cuadra STAR software package to help them computerize their libraries.

Dramatically different in size - UNAM has more than 400,000 students, EI Colegio has 400 - the two schools hold equally prestigious places in Mexico's education-conscious society. And both universities, with large collections, have been seeking a library software package to support automated cataloging and other major library applications.

According to Dr. Carlos A. Cuadra, president of Cuadra Associates, the developers of STAR, the sales to the two universities represent the beginning of a major marketing push into Mexico and Latin America.

"Both universities are highly visible, and other organizations in Mexico look to them for leadership in many areas, including the selection of systems. Their selection of STAR will be a recommendation of our software to others, not only in libraries but in corporations, museums, archives, and other types of institutions that need a solution to text management and information retrieval problems."

At El Colegio, which holds about 300,000 titles and subscribers to approximately 3,000 specialized serials, a committee of library and computer experts evaluated over a dozen popular library software packages for their MARC-based catalog before selecting STAR.

Both schools sought a system that would allow screens and commands, as well as cataloging information, to be expressed in Spanish. The system also needed to support MARC, the international standard for transmission of library data, and provide flexibility to accommodate the universities' particular uses of MARC. …

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