POMONA, Calif., August 14, 1995 -- Auto-Graphics, Inc., a leading supplier of information and database resource systems, today announced the newest addition to its Impact/ONLINE family of information systems for libraries. Impact/ONLINE Z39.50 Database Access software meets the Z39.50 ANSI/NISO developing standard for search and retrieval applications.
The industry movement to interoperability between information systems is quickly adopting the Z39.50 standard. In response to this trend, William Kliss, vice president of sales and marketing commented that, "at Auto-Graphics we are dedicated to complying with all national and international information development standards to provide library patrons with the widest access to information possible."
As one of the first major companies in the library automation field to meet the Z39.50 system interoperability standards, Auto-Graphics is enabling library patrons to search and retrieve information from any compatible and compliant database. A wide range of informational databases, such as selected information from the United States Patent Office, are now available using the new standard. Z39.50 Database Access provides end users with access to non-Auto-Graphics maintained Z39.50 databases and provides Z39.50 client access to Auto-Graphics maintained databases. Systems that do not comply with the Z39.50 standard make information search and retrieval problematic, limiting information access to users.
Due to the user-friendly interface and context sensitive help messages, library patrons will need little or no instruction prior to using the full capability of Z39.50 Database Access. The Z39.50 Database Access is designed to be used in conjunction with the recently announced Impact/ONLINE Web PAC, an online information access software for use with the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW).
Pricing and Availability
As with all Auto-Graphics products, pricing is not transaction based, but established at a flat rate. Impact/ONLINE Z39.50 Database Access will be available in the fourth quarter, 1995.
Users can see a demonstration of Impact/ONLINE Z39.50 Database Access and all other Auto-Graphics products by accessing their web site at http://www.auto-graphics.com.
Founded in 1950, Auto-Graphics, Inc. (OTC:AUGR) has capitalized on new technology as it becomes available, providing information publishing and database resource sharing systems to the publishing and library communities. Made up of two divisions, the Library Services Division and the Publishing Services Division, Auto-Graphics offers a wide range of products and services that are both cost-effective and innovative.
The Library Services Division has been committed to providing libraries and their patrons with user-friendly resource tools for 25 years. Always on the leading edge of library automation, Auto-Graphics began by developing printed book catalogs of library inventory. As technology advanced, Auto-Graphics developed new products ranging from fiche and film catalogs to, in recent years, CD-ROM catalogs. Today, Auto-Graphics is providing the latest in information access technology to libraries throughout the nation by offering access to online catalogs and databases. Over one million people per day use Auto-Graphics' software to access library information.