September 30, 1999. Innovative Interfaces, a leader in information technology for libraries, announced today that the state of Maine has chosen Millennium library automation software for all its libraries.
The Millennium systems contracted for the Maine State Library will form Maine InfoNet, a statewide connection of libraries. Maine InfoNet is the first truly statewide linking of all types of libraries, including all publicly supported academic, public, and school libraries. Total participation is anticipated for approximately 300 libraries; the Millennium systems will be live by the spring of 2000.
Maine libraries will be linked together and share resources using INN-Reach, Innovative's union catalog and resource sharing software. The INN-Reach union catalog will be housed at the University of Maine, Orono. The existing University of Maine INNOPAC system will also be upgraded to a Millennium system over the course of the next year.
"Every library will have immediate access to the millions of items represented in the joint INN-Reach database," said Sandy Westall, Innovative's vice president for resource sharing. "This is a huge benefit, especially for the smaller libraries, and really maximizes the resources within the state."
Maine State Library Director Gary Nichols said, "We chose Innovative because of their long-established reputation for offering the finest library automation technology anywhere. Our primary intent is to increase resource sharing, and Innovative's Web-based technology will help us provide greatly improved information access to hundreds of communities across the state."