Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces, the world's leading provider of Web-powered, Java-based automated library systems, announced today the successful launch of its new Mobile Collections product with development partners Delaware County Library System in Pennsylvania and HelMet—the Helsinki Metropolitan Libraries in Finland. Mobile Collections, a new product in Millennium Silver circulation client, allows libraries to manage the progression of hundreds of item groups through routes of their choice. This product dramatically boosts efficiency of resource sharing and saves considerable staff time. Using Mobile Collections, library staff can independently control routes, length of stay at each destination, and collection content.
The Delaware County Library System (DCLS) went live with the feature in late January and is already completing its third collection rotation. “Everything is running smoothly and we are very happy with Mobile Collections,” said Nancy Jordan, Circulation Services Specialist at Delaware. Jordan reports that her system plans to run collections through 26 of their 29 branches. Delaware began using Mobile Collections to route a number of collections (videos, books on tape/CD, DVDs, adult and juvenile) that are purchased through the district office. Some will move from library to library on a monthly basis, and others on a quarterly basis. Mobile Collections will give library staff real-time information about the status and location of these items.
Eight Times as Fast
Prior to using the Mobile Collection module, it would take two full-time DCLS staffers two days to rotate the materials. Now the process is eight times as fast—taking just one person two hours to transfer the collections. “Staff love it!” says Jordan. Best of all, collection and route lists can be saved indefinitely and reactivated in seconds whenever necessary.
“This product is a huge time saver,” said Barbara Vance, Innovative Product Manager. “Before Mobile Collections staff typically would have to alter each item record separately, changing the item location and adding a note for the destination. Multiply a few dozen items, numerous branches, and two ILS field updates and you have too much work.” Mobile Collection offers the ability to rotate up to 3,000 collections (each with 1,000 items)—an exponential increase for any library.
The Finnish Experience
Another development collaboration was forged with Helsinki Metropolitan Libraries in Finland (HelMet). Like DCLS, they were development partners on this product. Mobile Collections is already speeding up procedures at Helsinki. “Library staff can now update the status of items for the whole collection automatically in a single transfer function, so it will not be necessary to update each item record separately,” says Susanna Aakko, Department Head at HelMet.“ Also, if a branch closes for renovation, the collection can be rerouted instantly because Mobile Collections keeps routes and collections information independent.
Helsinki Metropolitan Area Libraries are a group of four public library systems containing 60 branch libraries, plus hospital libraries and six bookmobiles. The system circulates over 16 million items a year. Mobile Collections is particularly useful for a large public system of this size. In the case of HelMet, staff will be able to create several separate routes for circulating the collections. Aakko anticipates that almost all of the 60 branches will belong to some Mobile Collections route.
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.