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Nov. 21, 2000
OSWEGO -- The State University has big plans for its libraries, and Oswego State is in on the ground floor.
Earlier this month SUNY launched SUNY Connect, a groundbreaking initiative to link all the libraries in the university, creating the largest library collection of any public university in the world.
Oswego is one of the first six campuses to join the effort. It will implement the Aleph 500 library management system, along with Fredonia, Tompkins Cortland Community College and the university centers at Stony Brook, Binghamton and Buffalo. At least 60 of the 64 SUNY campuses are expected to join by 2004.
The new system has a target date of the Monday after graduation in May, Librarian Natalie Sturr said. She said Oswego could start up earlier but wanted to allow students to finish out the academic year with a familiar system.
The libraries will be linked with a common catalog system, which will allow students to borrow books from any SUNY library.
Oswego will be a cluster host site, said Michael Pisa of Oswego's Administrative Computer Center. He is a member of the SUNY Connect Management Committee that oversees the entire project. Oswego will host Tompkins Cortland Community College in the first year of the project. After that, potentially 10 to 20 colleges will run their library systems from a computer in Oswego's Snygg Hall.
Pisa said Oswego will be taking on a management role in the new system. The campus will hire a staff person to be the system manager, and a search will begin soon.
Oswego was chosen "because we have the strength in our staff at the computing and networking centers," Sturr said. "There's some prestige to it, the importance of being a leader in technological application."
The first phase of the project, making bibliographies available to all SUNY students, has been in place at Oswego since last year, Sturr said. Most used by Oswego students are the Academic ASAP and Dialog@Carl.
Why the change to a new system? "It's like driving a 10-year old Chevy with 200,000 miles," Sturr said. "The current system is beginning to be limited by the state of technology. It cannot grow any more, and we cannot grow with it."
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CONTACTS: Mike Pisa, 312-3572; Natalie Sturr, 312-3565

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