December 19, 2000. Innovative Interfaces, a leading supplier of Web-based library solutions, will install its Millennium library automation system at the Black Gold Cooperative Library System, a joint-powers agency that consists of seven public libraries covering over 8,951 square miles in Southern California.
Ann Robb, Chair of the Black Gold Administrative Council and Director of the Paso Robles Public Library said, "Of all the systems reviewed, the consensus was that Millennium is the most feature-rich and state-of-the-art system. We are excited about moving to Millennium because it will enable our libraries to offer significantly better services to our patrons."
Carol Keator, Director of Santa Barbara Public Library, said, "We're looking forward to transitioning to Innovative and enjoying the robust features of the Millennium system."
The Black Gold Cooperative Library System was formed in 1964 to provide shared cataloging, delivery, and second-level reference services, in addition to joint training for the improvement of local reference service to approximately 1,400,700 people in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties.
The Cooperative shares a circulation system, giving patrons access to over 1,391,000 holdings in a joint online catalog. Six of the seven Black Gold member libraries will use Millennium as their shared library automation system. These libraries are: Blanchard Community Library in Santa Paula, Lompoc Public Library, Paso Robles Public Library, San Luis Obispo City/County Library, Santa Barbara Public Library, and Santa Maria Public Library. The Ventura County Library has its own library automation system that will be linked to Black Gold's new Millennium system.
"Millennium has the power and flexibility well-suited to handle the complex needs of consortia," said Jerry Kline, Innovative's President and CEO. "The year 2000 has seen Millennium selected by a number of consortia-be they public, academic, or of mixed type. Black Gold joins other new Millennium consortia that include CLIC in Minnesota and SEALS in South Africa."