Emeryville, CA — Innovative Interfaces, the world's leading provider of Web-powered, Java-based automated library systems, announced today that Library Management Network, Inc., based in Decatur, Alabama, has chosen to replace their current DRA Classic system with Millennium. After careful evaluation of several potential vendors, the Board of Directors of the Library Management Network concluded that Innovative offered the features the consortium needed and was the best match for how Library Management Network currently operates. The Board selected Innovative on the basis of their fully integrated system combined with sophisticated functionality and their corporate history.
“As a multi-type consortium, it is important that our members maintain their individuality and at the same time cooperate together to maintain a single, shared bibliographic database,” said Charlotte Moncrief, Coordinator of Library Management Network. “We were impressed with the software functionality and the company's record in keeping customers. We are looking forward to joining the Innovative family and the many possibilities using Innovative's products.”
“We are particularly excited about our selection by Library Management Network,” states Neil Block, Vice President of North American Sales for Innovative. “With its multiple library types Library Management Network is a great opportunity to demonstrate Millennium's versatility,” Block continued. Established in 1983, Library Management Network, Inc. (LMN) is the only multi-type library consortium in Alabama. LMN was established to provide library automation capabilities and services by developing and maintaining a shared database of materials, as well as to offer access to the collection via a Web site promoting resource sharing. Its eighteen public, academic and high school member libraries are in twenty-seven locations throughout thirteen counties of north Alabama. LMN celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2003 by offering 27,423 eBooks as a new service to members and their communities.
The consortium is supported by a central site staff that manages all aspects of the main computer and networking, provides quality control of MARC cataloging and authority services, and offers support for member libraries. At the end of fiscal year 2003, the shared database housed 137,109 patrons and 1,114,926 items, and annual circulation transactions totaled 1,516,195. Library Management Network plans to install the following Millennium modules: Web OPAC, Circulation, Acquisitions, and Management Reports. The consortium will run its Millennium system on a Compaq Alpha server.
Celebrating 25 years of partnership with the library community, Innovative Interfaces (www.iii.com) is the leader in providing Web-powered, Java-based automated library systems. Its flagship product offering, Millennium is an acknowledged market leader installed in thousands of libraries in 35 countries around the world. The company is headquartered in Emeryville, California, with offices in Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Korea, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.