SAN FRANCISCO - Sunday. June 28. 1992. - NOTIS Systems, Inc. today announced a new product that offers libraries expanded access to resources using the "open systems protocol" Z39.50.
Called PACLink, this product seamlessly interconnects a libraries' Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) to other libraries' holdings through an OPAC to OPAC connection and automatically processes requests for document delivery and interlibrary loans. PACLink is fully integrated into the current OPAC and commu-nicates with remote libraries using Z39.50 via the TCP/IP Internet.
At a press conference at the American Library Association today, NOTIS President Jane Burke said PACLink will revolutionize the way libraries share resources in the future. "NOTIS is committed to delivering open and integrated information systems that offer seamless user interfaces. PACLink gives libraries expanded access to resources at the patron level and offers a platform for cooperative collection development, " she said.
PACLink was developed in cooperation with the state universities in Indiana and the graduate centers of the State University of New York.
The PACLink system is made up of two components, PACSearch and PACLoan. PACSearch allows patrons to easily connect to other libraries' online catalogs through menu selections. While connected to remote catalogs, patrons use the same interface and full search capabilities as in their local catalog. With PACSearch, patrons do not need to learn different library systems to have access to multiple libraries' holdings.
PACLoan, the other part of PACLink, provides the automated processing of patron-initiated loan requests. Through a request screen, patrons specify materials, delivery method and validation. PACLoan automatically checks the local library's catalog to verify requested materials are not owned. The borrowing interlibrary loan office may approve all requests before they are electronically communicated to the lending library.
At the lending library, PACLoan tracks incoming requests and gives the library staff online edit, approval and current status capabilities. PACLink allows unfilled loan requests to be automatically resent to other libraries.
"PACLoan gives libraries a completely automated way to handle patron-initiated document delivery, It reduces staff time while expanding information to the patron." Burke said. "PACLoan is an excellent system to support inter-campus loans by providing electronic transmission of requests between campus library units."
PACLink is built on Z39.50, the intersystem retrieval protocol that enables communications between different computer systems. PACLink can connect with any other library system that is Z39.50 compliant.
NOTIS Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated information systems for academic libraries. Its products provide automation for a wide range of library functions and are supported by a variety of customer service programs. NOTIS is a subsidiary of Ameritech Information Systems.