February 5, 1998. Citing Innovative's use of current and emerging technology, solid reputation, and competitive pricing, Lexington Theological Seminary announced that it has chosen INNOPAC Millennium as its first integrated library automation system.
"Basically, we're migrating from 3x5 cards--just the prospect of doing our daily business, easily and quickly is wonderful by itself," said Philip Dare, Director of the Seminary library. "Then you add in other things, like Web Access and Electronic Reserves, and it gets even better, and when you hit the bottom line —Innovative offered us very aggressive pricing—it looks very attractive indeed."
The Lexington Graduate Theological Seminary was established in 1865, in affiliation with the University of Kentucky. In 1950 the Seminary moved across the street and created its own campus. Housed in a Georgian Revival style building with Corinthian columns, the library has an imposing presence even from the roadside.
For years the Seminary shared a card catalog with the University of Kentucky. "We've just been running across the street with cards. Soon, we'll be able to offer access to our entire collection via the Web and, eventually, we'd like to be able to scan documents and send them out to clients. Of course, this is a two-way street; we're really excited by the potential we saw in OhioLINK and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley for our own system. Linking with other universities would substantially increase our access to resources and our functionality. We really felt this was the direction we wanted to move in, and we were most comfortable with Innovative's reputation, expertise and use of the technology."