POMONA, Calif., March 30, 1999. Auto-Graphics Inc. (OTCBB:AUGR), a leading provider of Web-based PAC, cataloging and interlibrary loan (ILL) services, today announced that it has been awarded a five-year contract by the Kansas State Library. Auto-Graphics will provide three integrated areas of functionality under the contract: catalog database services, Impact/ONLINE/ILLTM and Impact/ONLINE/WebPACTM for patron access via a Web browser from remote locations.
"In winning the competitive bidding, Auto-Graphics was judged by the Kansas State Library to offer the most cost-effective solution," State Librarian Duane Johnson said. The Kansas Library Catalog (KLC) and ILL services will initially be made available to over 400 libraries and the number of libraries will increase to 600 sites over the next three years. Participating libraries will offer patrons online access to catalog information for more than 11 million holdings at libraries throughout the state, according to Johnson.
"The Kansas experience is an excellent example of our modular product line that enables resource sharing at many different levels, culminating in fully integrated Web-based services," said William J. Kliss, chief operating officer at Auto-Graphics.
"In terms of overall functionality, a point of real importance to Kansas librarians has been the integration of the statewide catalog with the ILL service. This is a key feature of the Auto-Graphics solution," said Johnson. "Auto-Graphics' advanced resource sharing technology and library improvements in Internet access and technology have made it possible for us to use this more highly evolved service," he added.
According to Johnson, the Kansas State Library is coordinating the implementation of such technology-based services through federal and state-funded programs to public, school, academic and special libraries in the state. The Kansas State Library web site is located at http://skyways.lib.ks.us/kansas/.
Founded in 1950, Auto-Graphics Inc. (OTC:AUGR) provides Web-based information publishing and database resource sharing systems to the publishing and library communities. The company's web site is located at www.auto-graphics.com.