POMONA, CA. — October 16, 2003— Auto-Graphics, Inc. (OTCBB: AUGR) announced today that four of the Michigan library cooperatives have signed an agreement to implement Auto-Graphics' AGent Portal and Library Automation (formerly VERSO) modules for 15 of its member libraries. The four cooperatives form a consortium known as MAC (Michigan Auto-Graphics Consortia) and include the Southwest Michigan Library Cooperative, the Capital Library Cooperative, the Woodlands Library Cooperative, and the Northland Library Cooperative. System training for all member libraries was conducted the week of September 29, 2003.
These initial libraries will receive the AGent Portal that will allow them to seamlessly integrate with other libraries within the Consortia who have different ILS systems. In addition, all of the libraries will be able to access the shared Union Catalog consisting of holdings from other Auto-Graphics' customers. A grant by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) will enable MAC to automate 15 libraries with the AGent Library Automation module during “Phase One”. The Consortia anticipates moving more libraries to the new system over the next three to five years.
Library Automation is the MARC-based circulation, serials and acquisitions module of AGent, Auto-Graphics premier library management system that provides quick, easy, and seamless messaging transactions for resource sharing and document delivery. Modular by design, AGent effectively enhances a library's technology investment by providing an appropriate level of infrastructure based on the client's current system architecture and future needs. All AGent modules are 100% web-based with an unparalleled easy-to-use interface for staff and library patrons.
According to Dr. Alida L. Geppert, Director, Southwest Michigan Library Cooperative, the AGent Library Automation module was chosen because it provides communication between member libraries in the four Cooperatives, and meets the specific needs of the member libraries by providing a cohesive Interlibrary Loan (ILL) function. “This is an exciting growth step for the Cooperative. We are proud to partner with Auto-Graphics, Woodlands Library Cooperative, Northland Library Cooperative, and the Capital Library Cooperative to fulfill a shared vision of bringing people together with a single, integrated and intuitive system that meets the information needs of a diverse group of libraries and ultimately their patrons.”
“MAC is committed to improving the library experience for the end user. The AGent Portal and Library Automation modules provide the technology necessary to increase the use of the cooperatives' shared union catalog and other resources,” commented Albert Flores, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Auto-Graphics.
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 website is located at www.auto-graphics.com.