ONTARIO, Calif. — March 2, 2017 – Auto-Graphics, Inc. (auto-graphics.com), the Industry-leading and first Web-based library resource management solutions provider, announces that ACCESSPA, a hybrid (virtual and union) catalog containing the collections of thousands of Pennsylvania public, K12, academic and special libraries, reported a 30% increase over their old fulfillment rate and reduced MARC record duplication by 62% in just the first year after switching to Auto-Graphics' SHAREit, an interlibrary loan (ILL) and consortial borrowing solution.
"Our librarians love the ability to place multi-copy requests, which, along with new collections, has contributed to the 30% increase over our previous fulfillment rate. Prior to implementing SHAREit, our fulfillment rate stood at 63% and is now maintaining at 83%." said Maryam Phillips, Executive Director for HSLC in Philadelphia. "Database record deduplication has also vastly improved. Under the old system, we had 22 million MARC records and 44 million copies. With Auto-Graphics SHAREit, we have 8.4 million MARC records for the same amount of copies, 13.6 million less MARC records, which is a 62% reduction. SHAREit helps us save time and effort by pinpointing much needed material more effectively, which has dramatically impacted our fulfillment rate."
SHAREit is a hybrid resource sharing solution that allows for traditional Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Integrated Library System (ILS) workflow to co-exist. This open platform provides a tremendous advantage for libraries by facilitating interconnectivity of disparate systems, presenting consortia the ability to simultaneously interface with multiple ILL and resource sharing systems to support efficient request generation and fulfillment.
Auto-Graphics was chosen by the Health Sciences Libraries Consortium (HSLC) following a competitive process in 2015 to provide a modern and feature-rich interface for end users with greater search functionality, a more flexible and efficient ILL system, and an increasingly accurate and authoritative union database to significantly enhance the statewide ILL services of ACCESSPA for its over 2,500 participating public, K-12, academic, special libraries, and state corrections facilities, which are supported with an offline version of SHAREit.
"We pride ourselves in the fact that Auto-Graphics is the true pioneer in resource sharing software. We were the first library software vendor to use the Internet for ILL communication in 1994, and in 2013 we were again the first to provide FRBR-like clustered results with SHAREit," states Paul Cope, President of Auto-Graphics. "The continual reinvestment and development of our resource sharing solution demonstrates our commitment to maintaining our position as the #1 library resource management solutions provider, as evidenced by the technological diligence Auto-Graphics has demonstrated throughout our 67-year existence."
About Health Sciences Library Consortium (HSLC)
Health Sciences Library Consortium is the nonprofit technology partner of the Office of Commonwealth Libraries and has been serving the Pennsylvania library community since 1988. For more information, visit HSLC.org.
About Auto-Graphics, Inc.
Auto-Graphics is the only publicly-traded library software vendor to provide software solutions along with full financial transparency. The company's nearly seven (7) decades of providing solutions to the markets it serves reflects how well Auto-Graphics has listened to their customer base and stayed abreast of new technologies, continuously reinventing their products and services to help libraries of all sizes become more efficient and patron-centric. The Auto-Graphics browser-based Library Management Platform for patrons and staff – currently used by more than 11,000 libraries in North America – is comprised of VERSO, an integrated public library system (ILS); SHAREit, a resource sharing product providing patron-initiated sharing, circulation-based interlibrary loan (ILL) using NCIP and consortial borrowing solutions; SEARCHit, a federated search and discovery module; SLIMS, a small library information management system, and MONTAGEdc, a digital asset management (DAM) solution. All products are fully compliant with ISO and NISO standards, and are available through the effective cloud-based delivery (SaaS - Software as a Service) model. For more information, please visit www.auto-graphics.com, Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. Auto-Graphics trades under the stock symbol AIFS.