In beta tests among several libraries in New Jersey, Auto-Graphics, Inc., has introduced a new, file-server-based version of its electronic interlibrary loan (ILL) system. The software is a module of Auto-Graphics' IMPACT CD-ROM public access catalog system, which has an installed base of over 3,000 terminals throughout North America.
Library staff use the IMPACT software to search a CD-ROM union catalog at their local PCs to find needed materials held by other libraries. To create loan requests they press a few keys, and the system automatically inserts the necessary bibliographic data into an ILL request form. Lender selection is automatic, and constant data elements are profiled in advance. A blank request form and reference question referral form are also provided.
The new system uses centrally located file server to manage telecommunications among participating libraries, rather than the former third-party electronic mail service. Each day library staff prepare new requests and status reports; each night the file server dials every workstation to obtain outbound messages, transmit inbound transactions, and generate reports.
The new system adds many features for automatic forwarding, updating, and maintaining loan requests. It tracks time-sensitive requests, alerts libraries to expired and overdue requests, and lets staff report on request status. The module also supports statistics, reports, and backing up requests before and after transmission.
[Contact: Sales/Marketing Dept., Auto-Graphics, Inc., 3201 Temple Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768; (800) 776-6939.]