POMONA, CA. - September 25, 2006 -- Auto-Graphics, Inc. (AUGR.PK), a technology innovator providing library automation solutions for over 35 years, today announced the appointment of Mary E. Jackson as Product Manager for AGent Resource Sharing. Jackson brings over three decades of library experience to help develop and shape the direction of the AGent platform to better meet the evolving needs of the modern library.
Jackson is an internationally recognized authority on interlibrary loan, document delivery, portal applications in libraries and resource sharing issues. She has published over 100 books, articles, reports, books reviews and columns; is regularly consulted by libraries, consortia, and networks; and has given presentations and workshops in the U.S., Canada and over 15 other countries. Jackson managed the 2002-04 Assessing ILL/DD Services study, which confirmed the service effectiveness of user-initiated resource sharing operations in academic and public libraries in the U.S. and Canada. That methodology has also been used by medical libraries in the U.S., and by academic, public and special libraries in Australia and the Nordic countries.
"As a library professional, I'm privileged to join a company that is developing products on the leading edge of technology and directing those efforts to improving resource sharing applications. I'm looking forward to taking a hands-on approach to shaping the future of AGent Resource Sharing," commented Jackson.
Prior to joining Auto-Graphics, Jackson spent 13 years with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in Washington, DC in a variety of roles, most recently as the LibQUAL+® Services Manager and the Director of Collections and Access Programs where she managed activities that facilitated new and expanding roles for ARL libraries to engage in the transformations affecting research and undergraduate and graduate education. Prior to her affiliation with ARL, Jackson managed the Interlibrary Loan Department and served in other positions at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
"Mary has extensive experience in the library market, I am confident that her expertise and insight into the changing needs of the library marketplace will significantly help to shape the direction of our product suite," said Paul Cope, president of Auto-Graphics.
About Auto-Graphics, Inc.
Founded in 1950, Auto-Graphics has been a technology innovator for more than five decades, providing data automation solutions to customers across multiple industries. For the past 35 years, Auto-Graphics has helped libraries of all sizes become more efficient and patron-centric. Its flagship solution, AGent, is the one of the most comprehensive library automation platforms available today, allowing libraries of any size manage, share and search their resources. The AGent integrated product suite – currently used by more than 5,000 libraries in North America – comprises a complete ILS system for public libraries; a robust ILL solution for consortial entities and member libraries; and a powerful federated search solution for both public and academic libraries. For more information, please visit www.auto-graphics.com.