Emeryville, CA., October 6, 1997 - Innovative announces that CSULink, a consortium of six California State University campuses, will extend its use of the INNOPAC INN-Reach software and add two more CSU campuses to the project.
CSULink began in September 1995 as an INN-Reach union catalog of six CSU campuses (Fullerton, Pomona, San Jose, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, and Hayward). In August of 1996, the project embarked on a one-year pilot of the INN-Reach circulation component that allows unmediated borrowing by patrons from all participating libraries. The first year of CSULink was so successful that the project has been extended and will include the San Francisco State University and CSU Long Beach campuses.
"Participating in the consortium has really been an overwhelmingly positive experience," says Julie Kowalewski Ward, CSULink coordinator, and the head of San Jose State's Circulation Department. "The opportunity to work with sister campuses and to give the patrons access to such a vast amount information - in effect, this community of libraries has created a union catalogue of 2,250,000 bibliographic records - that's exciting."
Citing the benefits gained with CSULink, Ward emphasizes patron independence: "The request function is virtually self-serve and has little impact on the library staff. With a query, the patron is automatically given the item's circulation status and is able to place a request, monitor the status of the item and pick it up when it arrives. And all of this information is accessible from their home, office, or library terminal because the system has automatic patron verification and will trace the patron back to their home library."
Ward has also had positive response from the patrons: "More than anything, for them, it's convenient and easy to use. They have been very happy about the quick turn-around of requests and the lack of forms. Getting in and out of the Union Catalogue is as easy as a "u" key with a toggle function."
INN-Reach is Innovative's software that provides union catalog and circulation capabilities between multiple libraries. "Using INN-Reach software, each library in a consortium increases its collection many times over, with the union catalog providing both a research and finding tool," says Sandy Westall, Vice President of Innovative and Product manager for INN-Reach. "Patrons may place requests directly online following immediate patron authentication. But the INN-Reach circulation software is much more than a requesting mechanism: many of the bells and whistles of circulation are supported, including renewals, cancellations, overdue notices, and fines. The software also provides full tracking and lots of statistics."
Innovative Interfaces is one of the World's leading providers of library automation systems to academic, public, and special libraries. Innovative's INNOPAC system is installed in more than 700 libraries in 18 countries around the world. Innovative Interfaces is headquartered in Emeryville, California.