Oakland, CA. -- In its efforts to better serve its community, the Oakland Public Library has announced that it has signed a contract with Innovative Interfaces of Emeryville, California to install a new online catalog system to replace its current computer system. The current online catalog is now over 16 years old and is no longer supported by its vendor. The new Millennium system is Web-based and will provide major benefits to the public, including:
- Faster and easy-to-use service through a real-time Web catalog;
- The ability for patrons to manage their own library accounts: view held items, sign up for email alerts, set preferred searches and change email address;
- Access to the collections of over 5 million items from nearly 40 public and academic libraries through LINK+ system, which makes items available in a matter of days;
- Ability to view Web catalog in multiple languages: English, Spanish, Chinese;
- Access to book reviews, author notes and tables of content in library's book collection.
"This contract is a major step forward for the Oakland Public Library," states Gerard Garzon, Deputy Director. "When Measure Q passed in 2004, our public told us that new technology was important to them. When the Millennium system is fully implemented, it will enable us to bring our users new and expanded services."
The new Innovative Interfaces online catalog will be installed and launched by the end of the calendar year. The contract is being paid with funding from Measure Q, a library parcel tax that voters overwhelmingly approved in March, 2004.
The Oakland Public Library, working with local vendor PC Professional, is currently in the midst of an upgrade to its computer network, which operates the library's access to the Internet, as well as most of the computer services of the library. The computer network has not been upgraded in 10 years. The upgrade must be completed in order to operate the new online catalog and to ensure faster Internet service. Library officials currently believe that the network upgrade will be completed sometime in the next 2-3 months.
Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (www.iii.com) is a private company located in Emeryville, California that has been providing reliable library technology for over 25 years. Now the leading technology provider in the industry, the company serves 4,500 libraries in over 40 countries. Current local customers include public and academic libraries in San Jose, San Francisco, Alameda County, Yolo County, Berkeley and Hayward.
The Oakland Public Library, the second oldest public library in California, includes a main library, fifteen branch libraries, a bookmobile, adult literacy center, and the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO). The Library is a department of the City of Oakland. For more information, visit the Library's Web site at www.oaklandlibrary.org.