POMONA, CA. — May 28, 2008 -- Auto-Graphics, Inc. (OTCBB: AUGR) (Pink Sheets: AUGR), a technology innovator providing library automation solutions for over 35 years, today announced the availability of the Circulation-Interlibrary Loan Link (CILL) module for customers using Auto-Graphics’ interlibrary loan (ILL) and consortial borrowing solution, AGent Resource Sharing. Participating libraries can now use the NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP) compliant CILL module to minimize the number of steps needed to borrow and lend materials. This new module marries the borrowing and lending functionality between AGent Resource Sharing and any vendors’ NCIP-compliant integrated library system (ILS), providing a more streamlined workflow for library staff and empowering patrons to initiate and track their own ILL transactions.
"Since implementing CILL in February 2008 with our AGent VERSO ILS, we have been extremely impressed by the considerable time savings for our library," said Sue Berescik, library director at the East Hampton Public Library in Connecticut. "CILL reduces the staff time needed to facilitate and process interlibrary loans by as much as 54 percent. The integrated software offers a conformed view; is patron-friendly; and uses an ‘I want this’ button, which, from our service perspective, is all that matters."
Auto-Graphics’ CILL module utilizes the best of the NCIP standard, both as a responder and an initiator, which defines a set of messages to lend and borrow items and seamlessly exchanges messages between circulation and ILL applications. It was designed by Auto-Graphics to dramatically reduce the steps required to both borrow and lend items and streamline and further automate the process of managing ILL transactions. With the CILL module, the borrower workflow is reduced from 22 steps without CILL down to 11 steps with CILL. And the lender workflow is reduced from 14 steps without CILL to 8 steps with CILL. In addition, CILL promotes a self-service environment to patrons, allowing them to initiate, track and conduct their own ILL transactions without the intervention of library staff.
"Libraries implementing CILL will experience significant time and cost savings. Furthermore, this effort substantiates Auto-Graphics’ view that implementation of the NCIP standard has far reaching and positive implications for libraries wishing to do more with less," said Paul Cope, president of Auto-Graphics. "We believe that melding the circulation functions and ILL functions into one transaction will be viewed as significant a leap in productivity as when libraries moved from paper to automated circulation systems."
For more information about how the East Hampton Public Library in Connecticut has benefited from implementing CILL, please read the full case study at – www.auto-graphics.com.
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 over 35 years, Auto-Graphics has helped libraries of all sizes become more efficient and patron-centric. Its flagship solution, AGent, is the most comprehensive library automation platform available today, allowing libraries of any size to manage, share and search their resources. The AGent integrated product suite – currently used by more than 6,000 libraries in North America – is comprised of AGent VERSO a complete integrated library system; AGent Resource Sharing a robust interlibrary loan and consortial borrowing solution; and AGent Search a powerful federated search application. For more information, please visit www.auto-graphics.com.