Internet Public Library Opens New Mirror Site in Argentina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Dr. Michael McClennen
University of Michigan
School of Information
610 E. University, rm. 4020
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259
+1 734 647 8041
ipl@ipl.org

Lic. Cristian Baigorria
Universidad de Belgrano
IT & Communications Department
Av. Federico Lacroze 1955
(1426) Buenos Aires
ARGENTINA
+1 5411 4511 4704
cbaig@ub.edu.ar

May 25, 1999

South Americans will now have faster access to the catalogs of the Internet Public Library, one of the premier sites for finding information on the World Wide Web. The newest mirror site of the Library opens to the public this week, hosted by the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The mirror site in Buenos Aires ( http://www.ipl.org.ar/) contains an exact copy of the Internet Public Library web site, taking advantage of the high-bandwidth Internet connections maintained by Belgrano University to efficiently serve the entire South American continent. "We are very proud to be the mirror site of IPL and we expect to give high quality access to our users. This mirror site forms part of Belgrano's strategy in deploying it's digital library", says Cristian Baigorria, Sub-director of the IT & Communications Department at Belgrano University, who is the administrator of the mirror site.

Arrangements are currently being worked out to provide a degree of Spanish-language access to the Internet Public Library web site. Future arrangements may include Spanish-language reference services, collections, and other content.

The Internet Public Library ( http://www.ipl.org/) is an educational initiative of the University of Michigan School of Information and is sponsored by Bell & Howell Information and Learning. Staffed by professional librarians with assistance from students and volunteer librarians from around the world, it has been visited by more than 7 million people from over 100 countries. The library maintains a collection of online ready reference works; responds to reference questions; creates web resources; evaluates and categorizes resources on the Internet; and provides a space for exhibits.