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History of Auto-Graphics' Library Services Division

[May 7, 1996]

Copyright (c) 1996 Auto-Graphics, Inc.

Auto-Graphics has creatively used technology to provide services to libraries for over 25 years, and to publishers for over 45 years. With roots in the publishing industry, Auto-Graphics was founded in 1950. Computers began supplementing traditional publishing services in the early '60s.

Our experience in database publishing was extended to the conversion and maintenance of bibliographic data for libraries in the late '60s. The first library shelflist catalogs processed by Auto-Graphics were computer typeset and printed book catalogs. In the early '70s we produced the first COM catalog for a public library in the United States. Since then, Auto-Graphics has played a leading role in translating the rapid developments in computer and data processing technology into advanced products and services for libraries.

We take pride in the fact that our first library customer has used our services for 25 years, and presently uses our Impact/ONLINE system for public access cataloging and interlibrary loan through the Internet. Historically, Auto-Graphics has consistently provided the services necessary to convert, process, upgrade, and maintain library databases from existing data in any format.

The following major developments represent a partial list of library product development and enhancements undertaken by Auto-Graphics over the last 25 years:

  • Early 1970s, A-G produced first COM catalog for a public library in the U.S. (In 1996, this library remains an A-G customer, now using the Impact/ONLINE system.)
  • Late 1970s, Introduction of union database creation system, and automated authority control services for library databases.
  • Early 1980s, Introduction of database upgrade and shelflist conversion services, complete LC-based authority control, MicroMax rollfiche COM readers, and Government Documents Catalog Service (GDCS) GPO catalog file on fiche. Development and release of AGILE II on-line bibliographic utility, resource sharing, and database management system.
  • 1986-1989, Impact/CD public access catalog system developed and released in phased modules:
    • Patron Level Searching
    • Catalog Maintenance
    • Expert Level Searching
    • Research Level Searching
    • Location Scoping
    • Supplement Access
    • System Administration
    • GDCS GPO catalog file on CD-ROM
    • Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
  • 1990,
    • SharePAC CD-ROM resource-sharing product developed jointly with OCLC.
    • Major system upgrade of AGILE II system - AGILE III.
    • LIBerator circulation and library management system acquired and renamed Impact/SLiMS (Small Library Management System).
  • 1991, Impact/SLiMS software rewritten and dramatically improved. Version 3.0, capable of complete management of libraries with up to 50,000 titles, released to customers.
  • 1992,
    • Release of Impact/SLiMS Version 3.1. Inventory module added and system completely restructured. Many enhanced features including new reports and "hot keys" between modules.
    • Major upgrade of the Government Documents Catalog Service (GDCS); removed some 80,000 unneeded duplicate records and merged data for a more compact but still complete database. Shipping list records added to include "distributed but not cataloged" records.
  • 1993,
    • Impact/SLiMS Version 3.2 released. New features included display of diacritics for foreign-language characters, screen savers to preserve monitors, and enhancements to Circulation module. Overdue reports can be set for a defined number of days overdue and fine notices can be set for a minimum fine amount.
    • Release of GDCS extraction software for downloading of GDCS data to local systems. Ongoing development of new products, enhancement of existing products and services with significant emphasis on Impact/SLiMS, and interfacing of all elements of A-G's products and services for libraries.
  • 1994,
    • The Impact/ONLINE Family. Impact/ONLINE is Auto-Graphics' family of information application software based on client-server technology. Applications include:
      • Impact/ONLINE PAC, (Public Access Catalog)
      • Impact/ONLINE CAT, (Cataloging Utility)
      • Impact/ONLINE ILL, (Interlibrary Loan)
      • Impact/ONLINE ILL Gateway, (Manages ILL between ONLINE, CD, and foreign systems)
      • Impact/ONLINE ACCESS, (Public Access to Licensed Databases)
    • Partnership formed with Bernan to provide the full range of GPO services. Release of DocsFinder Government Documents Catalog Service with location and union listing capabilities.
    • Impact/NET services established. Includes the provision of dedicated Internet connectivity for library applications. Impact/NET can provide for multiple T-1 connections to single workstation dedicated dial access.
  • 1995,
    • Impact/SLiMS Version 3.31 released. Enhancements included Boolean searching of online catalog, ability to export records by location code or date, hourly circulation, enhancements to Reserve and Renewal modules, ability to generate custom usage reports with several call number ranges, ability to include system number and item number in all usage reports, and capacity for up to 50 patron groups and item types.
    • Impact/ONLINE WebPAC, Internet World Wide Web Access. This is an Impact/ONLINE Web Server application that provides library patrons and staff with graphical Web Browser access to Impact/ONLINE information.
  • To be released in 1996:
    • Z39.50 Remote Access. This is an Impact/ONLINE Web Server application that provides library patrons and staff the ability to search foreign Z39.50 compliant databases and allow foreign Z39.50 clients to search Impact/ONLINE.
    • Windows Graphical User Interface (GUI) release of Impact/ONLINE staff applications.

The majority of Auto-Graphics' 100+ employees are directly involved in marketing, designing, producing, and supporting library automation products and services. These include a number of professional librarians with M.L.S. degrees or equivalent, and an equal number of individuals with extensive paraprofessional library experience. Ten or more full-time programmers and systems analysts are dedicated to library applications, and up to 15 librarians, project managers, and editors are directly involved in database services and authority control.

Auto-Graphics' corporate office and production facility is located in Pomona, California. Library sales offices are located in New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Washington, Illinois and Ontario, Canada. Technical service personnel are located in Pomona, California (West Coast support) and Fairfield, New Jersey and Niantic, Connecticut (East Coast support).

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Copyright © 1996 Auto-Graphics, Inc., Updated 5/7/96
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Publication Year:1996
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Issue:May 7, 1996
Publisher:Auto-Graphics, Inc.
Company: Auto-Graphics, Inc.
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