Emeryville, CA—Innovative announced today that East Tennessee State University (ETSU), Northeast State Community College (NSCC), and the Watauga Regional Library will implement a shared Millennium integrated library technology platform. The combined system will make over 1.7 million items available to patrons and will increase their capacity for intralibrary loan services. The organizations are migrating from a Voyager system maintained by Endeavor Information Systems, Inc. In addition, Bristol Public Library, a member of the Watauga Regional LIbrary system, is migrating from a CARL system maintained by TLC, Inc.
With Millennium, borrowing and lending between academic and public libraries will be more transparent. "Students who live ninety minutes from campus can pick up books at their local public library. Or, if they want public library books they can pick them up at their college or university," says Rita Scher, Dean of ETSU's Charles C. Sherrod Library. "The book collections between the academic and public libraries are fairly distinct, so there is a solid gain for all concerned."
Going forward, the new Millennium system will continue to support these institutions as their technology needs change. Says Duncan A. Parsons, Library Dean at NSCC: "The Wayne G. Basler Library is pleased to be involved in the regional migration to Millennium. We believe that this move will enable us to manage the information needs of our campus well into the foreseeable future."
Through participation in the system, Watauga Regional Library nearly triples the size of its 600,000-item collection. "It is very exciting to have such a large amount of content that can be accessed and effectively delivered throughout northeast Tennessee," says Nancy Renfro, Director of the Watauga Regional Library. "The new shared system reaches over 400,000 people across the same communities that our institutions serve."
The Millennium system will be hosted by ETSU. The shared system will utilize Millennium's powerful database scoping feature so that each institution can highlight the portion of the merged database they would like to display to their respective users.
About East Tennessee State University Library
The Charles C. Sherrod Library, which was opened in January of 1999, is still a state-of the-art facility. It is a four-story structure of almost 200,000 square feet with voice, wireless, data, and video networks connected to the campus-wide network. Instructional areas are equipped to support multimedia instruction and students may check out 25 laptops for use within the library. There is a capacity of 800,000 volumes, a general reader area of 1,800 seats, 420 individual study carrels, 160 group and private study rooms and 80 public access computers. Students and faculty also have swipe card access to a 24-hour study area that is equipped with network connections and which also has wireless access to the university network.
About Northeast State Community College Library
The Wayne G. Basler Library is located on the beautiful campus of Northeast State Community College in Blountville, Tennessee. In 2002, the new Library was completed, which is over six times as large as the previous facility. The Library seats more than 450 people and has a projected future collection size of 65,000 volumes. The Library supports a growing student body, faculty, and community with research, computer, and audio-visual capabilities to meet the demands of the information age. Its mission to have a library that supports every aspect of student learning and that will serve as the cultural, educational, and recreational focal point for the community.
About Watauga Regional Library
Watauga Regional Library serves northeast Tennessee and comprises 10 city and county library systems with a total of 17 branches. The purpose of the Library is to improve public library service in the northeast Tennessee counties of Carter, Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington. The Library is one of twelve regional libraries in the state of Tennessee, all administered by the Tennessee State Library and Archives. In May, 2000, Watauga received the Tennessee Library Association's Resource-Sharing Award.
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.