An important new partnership between by the National Documentation Centre (EKT) and Alpha Bank has been launched. The bank’s Library chose the openABEKT cloud service to better meet user needs for modern digital services. The economic and cultural activity of the Group is reflected in the library’s public catalogue, which includes more than 30,000 titles.
Involved in the cultural life of important actions to promote Greek culture, Alpha Bank maintains a collection of 5,500 items of modern Greek art, an important collection of 11,000 coins from the ancient Greek world, an extensive history archive, and exhibits at the Banknote Museum of the Ionian Bank in Corfu, the Cultural Centre in Nafplio and ALPHA BANK - CULTURE in the Nikoloudis arcade in Athens.
The Library of Alpha Bank has more than 38,000 Greek and foreign-language books and financial journals. Of note are rare editions dating from the 16th to the 19th century that include ancient Greek writers and European travellers in Greece. Unique in Greece, is a comprehensive collection of historical and geographical maps of Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and two Photographic Archives.
The e-catalogue of the library currently has over 30,000 titles, of which 28, 937 are monographs and 1,265 journals. Catalogue filters allow users to search a wealth of content in connection with the arts, including the Bank's publications such as monographs and exhibition catalogues of works in the Art Collection.
The co-operation of the Alpha Bank Library with EKT began in 2008 when the ABEKT software was selected for documentation and collection management. Upgrading co-operation and moving to the openABEKT cloud service, enabled the library to standardise the organisation and availability of its content. As a result, it can now reach a broader user community (researchers, students, art lovers, etc.) and develop a relationship with the public.
TheAlpha Bank Library is open to the public on working days from 8.00 to 14.30 (Pesmazoglou 16 tel. 210 3262440). Borrowing is restricted to employees of the Group.
Since 1980, the National Documentation Centre (EKT) has developed ABEKT software for organising libraries, archives, museums and other organisations. openABEKT is the digital evolution of ABEKT. It is offered as an integrated service of EKT’s cloud infrastructure and ensures the quality, the interface metadata and interoperability with national and international aggregation and content dissemination platforms.
openABEKT essentially changes the relationship between the library and the public. From the office or home, users can explore the catalogue of a chosen library or search the openABEKT Central Catalogue to find records and libraries that can address their needs. openABEKT uses 175 information providers and more than 2,500 organisations have received different versions of ABEKT software.