Emeryville CA—The Unione Romana Biblioteche Scientifiche (URBS) has selected Millennium to provide the union catalog for its network of fourteen libraries. URBS is composed of various academic institutions in Rome that provide patrons with nearly one half-million English and Italian items. Twelve of these libraries will also share the Millennium system as their integrated library technology platform. The Network is migrating from a Geac Advance system maintained by Extensity, Inc.
URBS leadership cited the sophistication of Millennium and the company's track record as major factors in their decision. "The Millennium online catalog will enable us to offer enhanced online-access services like the relevance-ranked search results provided by RightResult," says Germana Graziosi, Librarian at the Istituto di Norvegia and President of the URBS Steering Committee. "We were also impressed by Innovative's long-term partnership with the worldwide library community resulting in continuous product development. This gives us the assurance that the products will be fully supported and be followed by further development and state-of-the-art solutions."
The twelve libraries migrating to Millennium include the following institutions: The American Academy in Rome, Dansk Institut for Videnskabog Kunst I Rom, The British School at Rome, Escuela Espanola de Historia y Arqueologia, Ecole Francaise de Rome and Centre Jean Berard, Historisches Institut beim Oesterreichischen Kulturforum, Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, Det Norske Institutt i Roma, Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Svenska Instutet i Rome, Libera Universita' Maria SS. Assunta, and Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Rome.
The other two libraries—Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana and Deutsches archaeologisches Institut Rom—will participate in the Millennium-powered union catalog, but will retain their existing ILS systems.
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About the URBS Network
The Unione Romana Biblioteche Scientifiche (URBS) was founded in the early 1990s by the directors of a number of foreign academies in Rome, together with the Prefect of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. Their intent was to create a common online catalog in order to make their book collections more easily and widely available not only to their own internal researchers but also to the Italian academic and the scientific community at large. For this reason the shared catalog was, from its inception, presented in both Italian and English. This bilingual catalog was soon recognized as an important tool for researches in the fields of humanities—in particular archaeology, history, art history, history of architecture, philology, and sociological studies. Its strength lies in the constant updating of its highly specialized bibliographic resources, including rare books and photographic collections of historic value that provide unique documentation relevant to and complementary to the book collections.
About Innovative Interfaces
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 technology platform, 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.