Woburn, MA-In response to increased demand for assistance in deploying Web and intranet applications, leading corporate library software developer Inmagic, Inc. announces the launch of comprehensive Web consulting services. Among the services offered are construction of a customized interactive database that enables library customers to submit requests or rate resources via a Web browser, and a competitive intelligence application featuring live links to the Web.
In a Wallace & Washburn market research study commissioned by Inmagic, nearly 70% of respondents rated the ability to request information via a Web browser as "very appealing," and instrumental in gaining corporate approval of a software purchase.
Through its new consulting services, Inmagic is offering corporate libraries a customized interactive OPAC (online public access catalog) that allows library customers to make requests for information from a Web browser. Additionally, customers can help add value to library resources by rating their usefulness.
"Corporate librarians have let us know that this type of Web-based application is very important," said Inmagic president and CEO Phillip Green. "But without dedicated IS support, it slips down on the priority list. Our aim is to help corporate librarians gather and distribute information most effectively. Right now, that's through a Web browser."
In another survey question, 58% of respondents rated the ability to handle "more than books" with Web-based software as "very appealing." As librarians are asked increasingly to research one or more companies to help with some aspect of corporate strategy, a growing area of interest is competitive intelligence. Inmagic now offers its clients construction of a customized Web-based competitive intelligence application mounted with Inmagic's DB/Text( WebPublisher software. For up-to-the-minute information, the database links out to selected business information sites on the Web.
Also available is a patents database for tracking and retrieving patents and trademarks. Full text and images can be stored in the database, or may be linked to on the Web.
The survey also found that the availability of data conversion and onsite training services was a key factor in winning corporate approval for new software purchases. Joan Yanicke, manager of Library Services at St. Vincent's Hospital in Worcester, MA, utilized Inmagic's data conversion and onsite consulting services. "Initially, we had some IS support in getting our journals check-in running," said Yanicke. "When it came time to put our catalog up, our IS support had disappeared. Because the library staff had little time, as I'm sure is the case for many librarians, it made a great deal of sense for us to take advantage of Inmagic's onsite consulting to make the catalog available."
Since 1983, Inmagic, Inc. has developed library automation and information management software for corporate libraries. Today, Inmagic's Web publishing technology helps information professionals manage and disseminate diverse corporate resources via the Web and intranets. Information professionals choose Inmagic software for traditional applications such as online catalogs, serials management, loans and orders, as well as for management of competitive intelligence, technical reports, annual reports and photo archives. Inmagic's information management solutions are installed in more than 15,000 corporate libraries and information centers in more than 50 countries.