For Immediate Release
Date: May 9, 2003
Re: Texas Tech University Libraries Archive -
Continual Global Success
The Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative, ATON, has a constantly growing number of patrons. New statistics have been released emphasizing the continued success of the ATON website http://aton.ttu.edu/. Approximately 200,000 documents have been digitally delivered to half the countries in the world. The Epics (Dastan) which date back 2,200 years are the most popular of the collection.
Patrons have used 10,000 internet service points to access the website. The site is organized in mutually supporting sections including music, historical documentation, explanations of the narratives, and anthropological and ethnographic materials. Of the three similar programs worldwide ATON is the only collection digitized and accessible on the web.
There are currently around 200 links to the ATON website from various other sites around the world. Academic and professional organizations with a link include such prestigious institutions as The U.S. Library of Congress and the British Library.