POMONA, CA. - April 15, 2005- Auto-Graphics, Inc. (AUGR.PK) is pleased to announce that the company has successfully completed testing of the ability of its AGent product to send Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests to Fretwell-Downing's Virtual Document eXchange (VDX) system via the ISO 10160/10161 protocols. This standard enables libraries with different systems to exchange information in a consistent manner.
Auto-Graphics'AGent Resource Sharing Module, used during the testing, is fully ISO/ILL capable, and supports the Interlibrary Loan Protocol Implementors Group (IPIG) profile, enabling users to interface with numerous third party ILL systems. Modular by design, AGent makes one's technology investment work by providing the right level of infrastructure based on the client's current system architecture and future needs. Offered as a hosted service or perpetual license, other available AGent modules include Portal, MARCit (cataloging), VERSO (ILS), Digital Collections, and LibraryCard.
"Our company tests each version of ISO ILL systems for both technical interoperability and smooth workflows, and AGent seamlessly passed all of our extensive requirements," commented Ralph Horton, Vice-President of Operations, Fretwell-Downing, Inc.
Albert Flores, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Auto-Graphics said, "Fretwell-Downing has a solid history in ILL implementation that it continuously improves. We are pleased to provide our current AGent users with an expanded list of resource-sharing partners using Fretwell's VDX systems through the ISO ILL protocol."
Fretwell-Downing Inc. (FD) is an affiliate of the Fretwell-Downing group of companies, located in Sheffield, England. FD upholds three traditions of innovation, partnership and high standards of service. For ten years the companies have been global suppliers of information management systems, specializing in library automation and networked information services. These activities include the development and supply of solutions for resource sharing and document delivery. For more information about FD, visit www.fdusa.com/fdusa.html.
Founded in 1950, Auto-Graphics provides an extensive variety of library products and services to clients who create, manage, publish, and access information using the Internet. Auto-Graphics has played a leading role in translating the rapid developments in computer and data processing technology into advanced products and services that are used by more than 10,000 libraries in North America. The Company's web site is located at www.auto-graphics.com.