Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces, the world's leading provider of Web-powered, Java™-based automated library systems, today announced the successful implementation of Inventory Express at Westerville Public Library, Ohio. Inventory Express uses Web services, an XML-based technology that lets applications interoperate in real-time on the Web, to create a rapid link between Millennium and multiple vendors without time-consuming batch-loading processes. Initially implemented with Baker & Taylor and BWI, Innovative is currently working to incorporate other vendors implementing Web services technology such as Ingram, Brodart, and Amazon.com.
"Innovative is working on a number of Web services products and features," says Innovative Product Manager Ted Fons. "The technology has come to the point where implementation is possible through one-on-one agreements between Innovative and content providers and other academic and commercial entities." Innovative is working on a series of Web services initiatives that will speed workflow and make Millennium even more of an "open system." Current efforts include creating Web services-driven connections to large databases containing patron information and financial data.
"BWI is pleased to be yet again at the forefront of providing tools to the public library that save time and money," said John Nelson, BWI President. George Coe, Baker & Taylor's President, Institutional agrees: "Baker & Taylor is proud to be associated with a program that saves valuable time and enhances the acquisition process for librarians. Our partnership with Innovative Interfaces continues to produce new and improved products and services for libraries which further strengthens our position as leaders in the library market."
Inventory Express allows Westerville Public Library to save time by significantly reducing how long it takes to key in bibliographic and order records according to Kristen Hewitt, Manager of Support Services. From within Millennium acquisitions, library staff initiate the Web services transaction by entering an ISBN and clicking “Go.” Millennium sends a message to the two vendor servers that return the information instantly for staff display. When the user selects a vendor, the bibliographic data from the vendor database populates the Millennium bibliographic template automatically.
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 42 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.
About Baker & Taylor
Baker & Taylor, Inc. (www.btol.com), based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a global information and entertainment services company that offers books, videos, music and services to libraries, educational institutions, and traditional and Internet retailers.
BWI is a full service book and audiovisual vendor with special emphasis on children's and young adult materials that specializes in service to public libraries. Their online ordering and reference tool, TitleTales (www.bwibooks.com), offers an extensive and easily searchable database of children's, young adult, and adult book and audiovisual titles with easy-ordering and MARC-record-downloading capabilities, a searchable core of bibliographies and special topics lists—all for free.