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Release: March 28, 2000

Libraries contest allows entrants to name new online catalog system

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Libraries and Law Library are asking students, faculty and staff to name its new, automated online catalog system, due to be unveiled in fall 2000. The new system, so-named Aleph by its maker and software developer, will replace the text-based OASIS system with the look and functionality of the Web and will improve the search and retrieval of Libraries' collections.

Libraries' staff say the UI version of Aleph will be significantly customized to meet campus users' needs. The system is so advanced that the Libraries has launched the naming contest, hoping for an original four to nine character name that describes it. The name should evoke an association with Iowa, libraries, information, access, technology and, or searching tools.

Three levels of prizes will be awarded: $100 first prize for the Best Name submitted and two additional $50 prizes to be awarded by a random drawing of all submissions and not based on any submission rankings.

Entries can be delivered in person to Kelly Avant at the Main Libraries' Administrative Offices, 1st floor. The office phone number is 335-5867. Entries can also be submitted online at www.lib.uiowa.edu/lib/contest. The site also lists complete contest rules.

The contest ends Friday, April 28. A winner will be announced May 15. Judging will be held in two phases: the first, by a Libraries public relations task force; the second by the Implementation and Coordinating Committee.

Further notice of the contest will be made through informational fliers scheduled to be posted at the Main Library, Administrative Offices, and at the Main Information Desk. Fliers will also be posted at all 11 branch libraries, the Law Library, the Library School, academic offices, and bulletin boards campus-wide.