POMONA, CA. — June 23, 2005—Auto-Graphics, Inc. (AUGR.PK) is pleased to announce that the company has successfully completed interoperability testing of its AGent product to send Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests using both TCP/IP direct connect and SMTP (e-mail) mechanisms to RLG's ILL Manager via the ISO 10160/10161 protocols. This standard enables libraries with different systems to exchange information in a consistent manner.
RLG has posted Auto-Graphics' AGent product on its website, as “fully tested.” Once communication is initiated between two “live” or production-based customer systems, AGent's status will change on RLG's website to “fully tested and in production.”
Auto-Graphics'AGent Resource Sharing Module has been available to A-G's customers since 2002, 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. AGent Resource Sharing also supports AVISO generic script messaging, as well as e-mail ILL (for partners without ISO ILL capability).
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 LibraryCard (online patron recruitment), Portal, MARCit (cataloging), Digital Collections, and VERSO (ILS).
"We're excited about the successful testing between our ILL Manager software and Auto-Graphics' AGent Resource Sharing module," said Linda West, Director of Member Programs & Services at RLG. "IPIG compliance is key. If all ILL software developers followed the IPIG profile, as Auto-Graphics has, resource sharing practitioners would finally realize their dream of managing transactions with all partners in one place, using whichever ISO ILL system suits them best."
“With the tangible reality that consortia utilize a diverse set of resource sharing systems, adding RLG to our IPIG compliant test community (OCLC, Fretwell-Downing, Library and Archives Canada, and Relais, among others) ensures that ILL can truly be conducted across the traditional technological boundaries that have hampered libraries,” commented Albert Flores, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Auto-Graphics.
RLG is a not-for-profit organization of over 150 research libraries, a/rchives, museums, and other cultural memory institutions. Founded in 1974 by The New York Public Library and Columbia, Harvard, and Yale universities, RLG provides solutions to the challenges presented by information access and management in the digital era. RLG 's website is located at www.rlg.org.
Founded in 1950, Auto-Graphics provides a wide variety of library software 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 currently used by more than 10,000 libraries in North America. For more information about A-G, visit www.auto-graphics.com.