Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces, a market-leading library management system provider, announced today that it has added a Web Services link between its flagship product, Millennium, and Amazon.com that makes buying books and entering them into the library's catalog and online portals faster than ever before. With a single click, library staff can search Amazon.com for a specific title, check the library catalog for duplicates, download pricing and availability information, and obtain the information necessary to create a database record. This enhancement breakthrough to Inventory Express has been successfully customer-tested and will be included in the Millennium 2005 release.
"The addition of Amazon.com to Inventory Express is a real milestone because it is used by so many libraries and underlines the broad acceptance of Web Services outside the library vendor community," says Betsy Graham, Vice President of Product Management at Innovative.
A cutting-edge XML technology, Web Services facilitates application-to-application communication between disparate sites on the Internet. "Web Services allows Millennium to 'talk' to other applications to save time and retrieve quality data," says Ted Fons, Product Manager at Innovative. "Innovative has created a Web Services framework that makes setting up connections like the one to Amazon.com a simple process. We're particularly proud of the fact that Inventory Express is already proven effective in real library environments." In addition to Amazon.com, Inventory Express also connects with Baker & Taylor and BWI using the Web Services framework.
Celebrating 25 years of partnership with the library community, Innovative Interfaces (www.iii.com) is the leader in providing Web-powered, Java-based library management 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.