POMONA, Calif., January 22, 1996 -- Auto-Graphics, Inc., a leading supplier of information and database resource sharing systems, today announced the availability of its information access software which utilizes the full resources of the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW). With this new software, libraries and library consortia can provide patrons access to information available collectively from all libraries in a consortium as well as information on the Internet.
The Impact/ONLINE WebPAC (Public Access Catalog) allows Internet users with virtually any Web browser, such as Netcom's NetCruiser, NetScape Communication Corp.'s NetScape Navigator or Microsoft's Internet Explorer, to enter a library consortium's home page and access an online catalog or database to locate desired books or other information. The user can then create an Interlibrary Loan Request (ILL request) to obtain the item through their local library, or from anywhere in the consortium.
"The explosive growth of the Internet and the World Wide Web has made access to information more readily available, and libraries across the country are seeking to take advantage of this new resource," said William Kliss, Auto-Graphics' vice president and general manager of Library Services. "Auto-Graphics has developed Impact/ONLINE WebPAC to extend the libraries' role into being navigator and intermediary between the individual seeker and the resources of both libraries and the information superhighway."
Anywhere, Anytime Information Access
Users are provided with access to both the libraries' own catalog, a comprehensive listing of all resources available in a given library association, and information being made available at no cost on the WWW. Impact/ONLINE WebPAC allows the user to search through hundreds of databases or library catalogs with a single search.
For home computer users, Impact/ONLINE WebPAC provides virtual access to the library around the clock, allowing users to electronically visit the library at their convenience. Users simply select the library association's home page, searches for the desired information and orders the materials to be delivered to their local library branch.
The new product is also efficient for the office worker who does not have time to travel to a library to search for needed information or materials.
Additionally, school teachers and students now are offered WWW access to their local libraries and to all other libraries in take consortium. Virtual library visits thus become part of the normal school schedule.
For those who prefer to visit their library in person or who do not have Internet access or a Web browser, Impact/ONLINEWebPAC can be accessed on-site at the library. To manage the demands which WWW access can place on a library, libraries can choose how best to allocate access between in-library visitors and out-of-library patrons.
Auto-Graphics Provides New Dimension in Information Resource Sharing
Impact/ONLINE WebPAC is an additional software module that extends the capabilities of Auto-Graphics' popular Impact/ONLINElibrary consortium resource sharing system. With the new Impact/ONLINEWebPAC, all patron access functions of Impact/ONLINE are made available through any standard WWW graphical browser including author, title, subject, keyword Boolean and number searches. Patrons can also launch new searches without re-keying, by clicking on the hypertext links which are imbedded in the displayed results of the previous search. Patron initiation and tracking of ILL requests is also supported. Additionally, Impact/ONLINEWebPAC provides a seamless upgrade path for current users of Impact/ONLINEand Impact/CD PAC.
As with all Auto-Graphics' products, Impact/ONLINE WebPAC builds in ease-of-use features designed to make patrons self-sufficient when accessing information. In addition to this, Impact/ONLINEWebPAC features a Graphical User Interface (GUI) environment and is compatible with multiple platforms including Windows, Macintos hand UNIX.
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. Through its 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 more than 25 years. Always on the leading edge of library automation, Auto-Graphics began by developing printed book catalogs of library inventory. As technology advanced, new products were developed ranging from fiche and film catalogs to, in recent years, CD-ROM catalogs.
Today, the explosive growth of the Internet and World Wide Web have made access to information more readily available, and libraries across the country are seeking to take advantage of this new resource. Auto-Graphics' Impact/ONLINE product family provides a solution that enables broad, content-rich access to information without overburdening library staff or budgets. Over one million people per day use Auto-Graphics' software to access library information.
Users may see a demonstration of Impact/ONLINE products by accessing Auto-Graphics' web site at www.auto-graphics.com.