March 1, 2001—Innovative Interfaces, a leader in library technology, announced that Cooperating Libraries In Consortium (CLIC), a consortium of eight academic libraries in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, will install the Web- and Java™-based Millennium library automation system.
"CLIC recognizes that one of the major areas of cooperation is an integrated automation system. It allows the sharing of staff responsibilities, enhances resource sharing, and fosters joint collection development among our institutions. The Consortium, including staff on all levels, took more than a year to analyze automation systems on the market. The result of this process was the selection of Millennium as the best system to meet the needs of our users and staff," said Chris Olson, Executive Director of CLIC.
CLIC is a non-profit federation of libraries that includes eight private colleges and universities: Augsburg College, Bethel College, College of St. Catherine, Concordia University-St. Paul, Hamline University, Macalester College, Northwestern College, and the University of St. Thomas.
CLIC's shared catalog includes 1,000,058 bibliographic records, 1,933,164 holdings, and serves approximately 64,175 patrons. Incorporated by the college presidents in 1969, CLIC has been working for more than 30 years to improve library resources and services through cooperative efforts.
Olson added, "As we move into the next generation of automation, the library staff are excited about the possibilities of Innovative. The Millennium system will give staff SQL access to the database which will enable highly customized reports and interconnection with other SQL-based systems. It's clear that Innovative is moving in the right direction by incorporating new technologies into the system and cooperating with other vendors, such as netLibrary."
"We are delighted to be partnering with CLIC on this great project," noted Jerry Kline, Innovative's President and CEO. "These eight academic libraries of St. Paul and Minneapolis have been a cooperative for many years. We hope to continue to improve our products by listening to their experiences, in addition to delivering to CLIC state-of- the-art solutions already used by thousands of consortia libraries."