POMONA, CA. — July 16, 2003 — Auto-Graphics, Inc. (OTCBB: AUGR) announces the migration of the Kansas statewide system to its AGent product. Comprised of 328 participating libraries, Kansas has been an Auto-Graphics' customer since 1991, and uses AGent to simultaneously search the Kansas State Library Catalog and Kansas List of Serials, as well as the primary interface to the KICNET ILL System. The migration to AGent lays the foundation for future statewide system expansion and seamless access to other powerful AGent modules. For example, with the AGent Portal Module, all participating libraries and their patrons now have single search access to all state funded resources.
AGent is Auto-Graphics' premiere portal broadcast search tool that allows users to simultaneously search multiple databases, full-text repositories, the web and local catalogs through a single search interface. Modular by design, AGent makes one's technology investment work by providing the right level of infrastructure based on the client's current system architecture and future needs. Offered as an ASP or perpetual license, available modules include AGent Portal, AGent Library Management (Circulation), AGent Cataloging, AGent Resource-Sharing (Interlibrary Loan), and AGent Content Management.
AGent is an intuitive information discovery system that retrieves results from selected resources and presents them in an orderly and easily understood format. AGent also enables users to launch a search across disparate databases and other reference resources, yet view results in their native result screen and format, ensuring copyright compliance.
"In just the short time we've been using the new system, we have already heard positive feedback from Kansas libraries about how they like the new look and smoother work flow that AGent provides. Libraries using the database as a source for cataloging especially enjoy the ability to download records into a staging cart. As always, the customer service staff at Auto-Graphics is professional, friendly, and very helpful," commented Jeff Hixon, Director of the Library Information Technology Division.
Albert Flores, Vice President of Library Services at Auto-Graphics said, “With the upgrade to AGent, Kansas will be able to better serve its patrons while still keeping within its budgetary constraints. Our goal is to satisfy the requirements of our clients, and we feel that AGent is on target with the future needs of the Kansas State Library and its patrons.”
The Kansas State Library provides information services for state and local governments, for local libraries and their users, and for people who communicate with the library in the Capitol Building or at its other service locations. Their website is located at www.skyways.org/KSL/.
Auto-Graphics provides resource sharing and portal software services to clients who create, manage, publish and access information using the Internet. Founded in 1950, Auto-Graphics has played a leading role in translating the rapid developments in computer and data processing technology into advanced products and services that are used by more than 10,000 libraries in North America. The Company's web site is located at www.auto-graphics.com.