POMONA, CA. - January 11, 2005- Auto-Graphics, Inc. (AUGR.PK) is pleased to announce that the Mississippi Library Commission (MLC) has signed a multi-year contract for the AGent(tm) Resource Sharing module. The contract provides a statewide implementation of a virtual union catalog with Interlibrary Loan (ILL) capability in all 51 of Mississippi's public library systems. The virtual catalog will include Content Enrichment for allowing libraries to display annotations, jacket art, table of contents, and other options for making their collections more appealing to patrons.
MLC has also purchased the AGent Portal module to provide state employees with the exclusive ability to simultaneously search and display results for all 39 of the state's databases through the Mississippi State Library's website. Both the portal and resource sharing system will be maintained via Auto-Graphics' ASP hosted service. MLC marks Auto-Graphics' third contract for a statewide ILL and portal system in 2004.
The Resource Sharing Module is fully ISO/ILL compliant and supports the Interlibrary Loan Protocol Implementors Group (IPIG) profile, enabling users to interact with numerous third party ISO/ILL systems. AGent Portal allows users to simultaneously search a wide variety of disparate databases such as full-text repositories, the Web, local bibliographic catalogs, and private resources through a single search interface. Search results are viewed in their native screen formats to not only ensure copyright compliance, but also allow the user full access to the vendor's database content and functionality. Other available AGent modules include MARCit (Cataloging), VERSO (ILS), Digital Collections, and LibraryCard.
"Auto-Graphics had the best combination of system features, services, and price of all the products we viewed. The exceptionally thorough demonstration, using Mississippi library catalogs, illustrated the user-friendliness of the system step-by-step from ILL creation to completion. The detailed responses to questions reflected an understanding of the realities of public library automation and staffing. Auto-Graphics' ASP service will allow libraries to expand services without increasing demands on network staff," said Glenda Tilson, Library Services Division Director of the Mississippi Library Commission.
The Mississippi contract furthers our goal of being a preeminent provider of sophisticated statewide automation solutions. We are pleased that the MLC selected Auto-Graphics in a highly competitive selection process for their statewide initiative and look forward to working with the Mississippi library community over the next three years," stated Albert Flores, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Auto-Graphics.
The Mississippi Library Commission was established in 1926 by an Act of the Mississippi Legislature to give advice to schools and public libraries and to communities desiring to establish libraries. Today, MLC offers a wide variety of direct and indirect services to libraries, government agencies, and the citizens of Mississippi. For more information on MLC, visit www.mlc.lib.ms.us.
Founded in 1950, Auto-Graphics provides a broad range of library services, including resource sharing and portal software services to create, manage, publish, and access information using the Internet. Auto-Graphics has played a leading role for over 50 years in turning the rapid technological developments into advanced products and services that are currently used by more than 10,000 libraries in North America. The Company's website is located at www.auto-graphics.com.