Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces announced today three new campus computing solutions: External Patron Verification, Courseware Integration, and Single Sign-On. While each serves distinct technology needs, they all support the overall goal of making the academic library a more integral part of the campus information infrastructure.
Innovative began its campus computing initiative with External Patron Verification, released in mid-2005. It allows libraries to authenticate patrons through LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) servers, which are in wide use in business and education organizations. Installed in libraries around the world, it allows students and faculty to log in to the library using their campus password. There is no need for students or the library to maintain separate log-in information any longer. "External Patron Verification has allowed password problems to be reported to campus IT and not to the library saving a lot of staff effort," says John Culshaw, Faculty Director for Systems at the University of Colorado at Boulder Library. "Hooking up with the authoritative campus database adds up to a big convenience for our students and faculty."
With Courseware Integration, Innovative libraries can also become a presence in online learning sessions. The initial implementation of Courseware Integration interfaces with the Blackboard Learning System™. With this new product, students can launch a library catalog search directly from Blackboard® without the need for re-authentication. Students can also navigate from a course title in Blackboard to the full course record in Millennium. After testing by development partners Dartmouth (New Hampshire), Grinnell College (Iowa), University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and Suffolk University Law Library (Massachusetts), Courseware Integration for Blackboard will be included in the 2006LE Millennium release.
Also scheduled for the fall release, Single Sign-On improves the user experience of campus libraries by eliminating the inconvenience of re-authentication. With Single Sign-On, patrons log in on the first server visited—either the library or another campus entity—and enjoy access to all the offerings of their portal. This results in providing a familiar Web computing environment similar to one experienced by logged-in users who access multiple services within a Yahoo! or MSN session. Single Sign-On meets these expectations and makes the library an integrated part of the special, comprehensive environment a campus creates for its community. It will allow centralized authentication that is only required once per session. University of Washington, Michigan State University, and Yale Law School's Lillian Goldman Library are all participating in the development of this product.
"These campus computing solutions make the library an even more integral part of the teaching and research taking place at colleges and universities," states Innovative Vice President of Product Management, Betsy Graham. "We're excited to play a key role in extending the library further into the campus computing environment."
For over 25 years, Innovative Interfaces has dedicated its energies to meeting the needs of libraries and the challenges of library automation. Core to this mission are trusted products including the Millennium integrated library management system, INN-Reach next-generation resource sharing, the Symposia digital repository, and Electronic Resource Management. Today, thousands of libraries of all types in over 40 countries rely on Innovative's products, services, and support. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world.