Emeryville, CA—Innovative announced today that the Oakland Public Library (CA) will implement the Millennium library technology platform and join the LINK+ library resource-sharing system powered by the Company's INN-Reach product. The new Innovative tools offer flexibility in Web-based services, better support of foreign language materials, and dramatic increases in patron access to books.
The approval of a library parcel tax by voters in 2004 allowed the Oakland Public Library to search for a best-in-class library system. "When Measure Q passed, our public told us that new technology was important to them," says Gerard Garzon, Deputy Director of the Oakland Public Library. "The new Millennium system will enable us to bring our users new and expanded services."
The Oakland Public Library involved library patrons, as well as representatives from its various libraries in the 16-branch system, in the selection process. This evaluation team assessed five different systems and looked at demonstration versions of two systems, including Millennium. Team members also looked at the online access each system provided. "Our patron-evaluators liked Millennium when they saw it demonstrated and went to other libraries' websites to see how the system operated," says Garzon. "The whole team also appreciated how Millennium could be customized by seeing its uses in various kinds of library settings."
Millennium's power in handling of foreign languages was another deciding factor. Oakland Public Library serves a multi-lingual community and also runs an Asian Library that draws patrons from the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Materials in eight Asian languages are cataloged at the Asian Branch, which makes Millennium's sophisticated Unicode indexing and character display crucial.
Increased Access to Books
Garzon says that access to the LINK+ system was a major deciding factor in selecting Innovative. Although interlibrary loan services were in place at the libraries, which hold over one million items collectively, Innovative's INN-Reach software will help deliver any of over five million unique items from any of 36 California and Nevada libraries in a matter of days versus the current two to four weeks.
"The contract with Innovative is a major step forward for the Oakland Public Library," states Garzon. "Millennium complements our current vision of building and looking toward the future in terms of service and technology."
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About the Oakland Public Library
Founded in 1878, the Oakland Public Library's mission is to inform, inspire and delight our diverse community as a resource for information, knowledge, and artistic and literary _expression, providing the best in traditional services, new technologies and innovative programs. Today, the Library holds 1.2 million volumes and includes 15 branches, with a 16th under construction, a Main Library, a Second Start Adult Literacy Program, the Bookmobile, the Tool Lending Library and the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO).
About Innovative Interfaces
For over 25 years, Innovative Interfaces has dedicated its energies to meeting the needs of libraries and the challenges of library automation. Core to this mission are trusted products including the Millennium integrated library technology platform, INN-Reach next-generation resource sharing, the Symposia digital repository, and Electronic Resource Management. Today, thousands of libraries of all types in over 40 countries rely on Innovative's products, services, and support. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world.