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California Libraries Purchase Geac System

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California Libraries Purchase Geac System

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The Pasadena Public Library in Pasadena, California, and the Glendale Public Library in Glendale, California, have signed an agreement with Geac Computers, Inc. for the joint purchase of the Geac ADVANCE Integrated Library System.

The Pasadena and Glendale implementation will connect users at 16 libraries on a single, shared ADVANCE system. ADVANCE will run on a Motorola M963 server, which features two 50 MHz RISC microprocessors. The new ADVANCE system is configured to support 225 users and a database of nearly two million records, making it one of the largest ADVANCE installations in the U.S. The libraries will implement all ADVANCE modules, including Circulation, Cataloging and Authority Control, OPAC, Acquisitions, and Serials, as well as the GeoPac client/server OPAC.

The ADVANCE installation at Pasadena and Glendale will include 60 client/ server workstations featuring Geac's GeoPac online catalog. The Geopac workstations will be used by both staff and public users to access multimedia sources, the Internet, the World Wide Web, and other online sources.

Luis Herrera, director of the Pasadena Public Library, said, "We see the ADVANCE system as the cornerstone of a technology strategy that will position our institution to address the changes brought about by the global information revolution. …

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