Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces, the world's leading provider of Web-powered, Java-based automated library systems, announced today that Millennium Silver, a feature-rich offering named to commemorate the company's 25th anniversary, will be placed in general release. Scheduled for early July, Millennium Silver includes new products for all kinds of libraries, as well as dozens of significant enhancements across the product line. “It's fitting that our 25th anniversary release contains so many market-leading products and features that libraries want,” says Betsy Graham, Vice President of Product Management for Innovative.
Full of Enhancements
Millennium Silver contains dozens of enhancements across its modules including Acquisitions, Circulation, Cataloging and Serials. On the system level, enhancements have been made to INN-Reach, Interlibrary Loan, and Consortium Management Extensions. This release also includes an internationalized version of AirPAC, Innovative's PDA-powered Web OPAC interface.
Continued development of Innovative's Digital Collection was a focus of this release. Electronic Resource Management, for example, supports integration of Electronic Resource Management information with the Web OPAC. WebBridge, Innovative's Open URL Link Resolver, now offers customized HTML forms for staff views, and support for ONIX—a new XML format.
The new “Limit to Available” search option helps patrons sort by items available for check out. “Related Searches” enables the Web OPAC to provide authority-record driven alternative searches to expand patron research options. If library staff chooses, a Reading History function can be enabled to let patrons view what they have previously borrowed. “Millennium Silver is a real win for patrons connecting online,” Graham continued.
Ecommerce - This new product allows patrons to pay fees and fines displayed in their patron record. Powered by VeriSign Payflow Pro, transactions are accepted in real time and any usage blocks caused by fines can be automatically removed upon payment. Visitors to the website can also make donations to the library
Online Patron Registration - Library staff can allow patrons to register online and start using services immediately. Fully customizable Web forms can be posted on the Web OPAC for creation of patron records without staff intervention.
External Patron Verification – To better serve our academic library customers, patrons can now be authenticated on LDAP servers, commonplace on academic campuses, allowing a single database to manage library and student accounts.
XML Harvester - XML Harvester is a breakthrough product that allows XML- and OAI PMH- compatible databases to be imported into Millennium. Libraries benefit from higher collection visibility and the ability to circulate and manage special collections with the same efficiency as their traditional collections. Now libraries can offer a single portal through the Web OPAC where users can access all that the library has to offer.
Mobile Collections - Mobile Collections is a new mode in the Millennium Circulation client that allows libraries to manage the progression of hundreds of item groups through routes of their choice. By eliminating the need for item-by-item updates, this product dramatically boosts efficiency of resource sharing and saves considerable staff time. Mobile Collections offers the ability to rotate up to 3,000 collections of up to 1,000 items each (an exponential increase for any library).
XML Server - The XML Server can output all of Millennium's catalog records in XML format, allowing librarians, university system offices, partner libraries, or institutional agencies to access library data with a single search of records or record groups. The XML output allows catalog data to be extracted for use with third-party applications.
Quick Click Ordering - Quick Click Ordering streamlines record loading by sending records to Millennium in one step. Baker and Taylor's Title Source II™ is enabled to deliver this service, with more vendors to follow. Librarians can use Title Source II to create shopping carts of books and entertainment products (videos, DVDs, etc.). Quick Click Ordering allows them to automatically route the items into their acquisition system so that they can create a PO, order the products, and perform other management functions.
“Millennium Silver is our most significant release in several years,” Graham states. “Our tradition of innovation is stronger than ever”.
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 installed in thousands of libraries in 41 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.