POMONA, CA. - January 13, 2010 -- Auto-Graphics, Inc. (OTCBB: AUGR), a technology innovator providing library automation solutions for 40 years, announced the successful implementation of AGent Iluminar, the company's next generation user interface, across numerous AGent customer sites. Since the successful completion of beta testing and full production launch of AGent Iluminar in July, 2009, Auto-Graphics has fully deployed AGent Iluminar for two statewide AGent Resource Sharing customers representing 1,900 individual libraries, as well as for 15 individual AGent VERSO customer sites. In total, sixty-five percent of existing customers have signed contracts to upgrade their user interface to AGent Iluminar.
"AGent Iluminar provides an engaging, graphical interface that offers a more visual and interactive experience for our users," said Cary Cox, electronic resources librarian at The Colony Public Library in Texas. "It's almost like browsing the book shelves from your home computer! The Kids' Catalog is a wonderful addition for our young users. Since implementing AGent Iluminar, we have seen our users becoming more self-sufficient in finding items, placing reserves and renewing check-outs."
AGent Iluminar is Auto-Graphics' latest Web Services application and was built using the free, open source Adobe Flex framework, which enables graphic transitions and design features in a more visually pleasing interface while retaining and enhancing the underlying functionality of the AGent platform. AGent Iluminar provides intuitive navigation, using web cues already familiar to many web-savvy patrons, as well as a "wizard-like" advanced search screen that utilizes prompts modeled from popular search engines. In addition, AGent Iluminar employs innovative, attention-grabbing display technologies such as 3D Flip and Cover Flow book jacket display, made popular by Apple iPod, as well as enhanced drag & drop functionality and the ability for patrons to modify their own user experience through "My Lists" and "My Account" customization options.
"The rapid and widespread adoption of the highly graphical and interactive AGent Iluminar is proof that libraries are looking for and embracing new technologies to engage their patrons," commented Paul Cope, president of Auto-Graphics. "The community asked for a highly customizable, next generation user interface, and Auto-Graphics answered with AGent Iluminar."
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 40 years, Auto-Graphics has helped libraries of all sizes become more efficient and patron-centric. The AGent integrated product suite - currently used by more than 6,000 libraries in North America - is comprised of AGent Iluminar a next generation patron user interface; 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. AGent products are standards-compliant, built with an open systems architecture and are available via the Software as a Service (SaaS) hosted delivery model. For more information, please visit www.auto-graphics.com.