New Providence, N.J. – January 14, 2003 – R.R. Bowker, one of the world's leading publishers of bibliographic information, today announced that its renowned booksinprint.com database is now compatible with Auto-Graphics, Inc.'s AGent search tool.
AGent is a tool that allows librarians to simultaneously search multiple databases and other resources (as subscribed to by the library) and retrieve intuitively displayed results from those items selected. Library professionals and patrons who use AGent with their booksinprint.com subscriptions will now be able to include the more than 4.5 million titles contained on booksinprint.com in their cross-database searches.
“AGent creates a single entry point to library resources and automatically validates a researcher for access to these materials,” explained Michael Cairns, president of New Providence, N.J.-based R.R. Bowker. “This system enables users to launch a search across databases and other reference resources, yet view results in their native result screen and format. Researchers using AGent will retrieve results directly from booksinprint.com, complete with our unique navigation tools, display pages and user interface.”
According to Cairns, AGent also supports a variety of delivery formats, including Z39.50.
“We're delighted that users of AGent in libraries nationwide can now access the booksinprint.com database,” said Albert Flores, vice president of library sales and marketing at Auto-Graphics. “Bowker has made clear its commitment to making the content they provide available to as many people as they can in as many ways as possible. We look forward to a long and successful partnership.”
Founded in 1872, R.R. Bowker, a Cambridge Information Group company, is North America's leading provider of bibliographic information, and is also the official agency for assigning ISBNs in the United States. The company's flagship product, Books In Printâ, is available on the Internet at www.booksinprint.com, on CD-ROM and in hardbound print format. For more information, please visit www.bowker.com or call 1-888-BOWKER2 (1-888-269-5372).
Auto-Graphics provides resource sharing and portal software services to clients who create, manage, publish and access information using the Internet. The company's systems are used by more than 10,000 libraries in the United States and Canada. For more information, please go to www.auto-graphics.com.