POMONA, Calif., January 15, 1996 -- Auto-Graphics Inc., a leading supplier of information and database resource sharing systems, today announced that the North Carolina Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Library and Information Services Network has adopted the latest in library automation technology by integrating Auto-Graphics' Impact/ONLINE data resource sharing system which includes AHECs as well as hospital and university sites statewide. Named the "North Carolina AHEC Health Sciences Union Catalog," the Network will utilize Auto-Graphics' product to offer users access to any information available from the hospital library group via the Internet.
The AHEC has installed Auto-Graphics' Impact/ONLINE, a multi-type library union database, which includes more than 270,000 bibliographic holdings. These resources were originally contributed in 1994 for a CD-ROM version of Auto-Graphics database sharing system from more than 113 health and life sciences libraries throughout the state of North Carolina. The new online version contains additional resources from these libraries, including books, journals, periodicals, reports, audio cassettes and video tapes.
"We are extremely pleased at how smoothly Auto-Graphics was able to merge the records from so many different sources into one union database," said Diana McDuffee, coordinator, North Carolina AHEC Library and Information Services Network. "Auto-Graphics worked to fit the exact scope and scale of the AHECs needs."
Impact/ONLINE Provides Cost and Time Savings to Hospital Libraries Statewide
The database is available through 12 AHEC online sites, and concurrently accessible via Impact CD-ROM at 165 other participating sites throughout North Carolina. This resource sharing system builds upon a statewide electronic network established to promote timely and efficient resource sharing among the various health and life sciences libraries across the state. By implementing Auto-Graphics' Impact/ONLINE system in conjunction with the distribution of the Impact/CD-ROM throughout the state, hospital libraries have seen both significant cost and time savings by having a large collection of resources at their fingertips for easy access.
"Impact/ONLINE enables users at the hospital libraries within North Carolina to quickly search a much greater resource base and obtain expensive or difficult to find materials easily," said William Kliss, vice president and general manager of Auto-Graphics' Library Services division. "Users are able to transparently search and retrieve information from a wide range of databases and catalogs."
The Impact/ONLINE resource sharing system offers users access to information available in any of the participating libraries across the state. It includes user-friendly functions such as dictionary term, key word and Boolean searching. The selected search strategy can gather information from hundreds of library catalogs, allowing users to simply search for the desired information and submit a request for the materials to be delivered to their closest AHEC, hospital or university library. Furthermore, hospitals now are able to make more informed decisions on materials purchased for the libraries by reviewing titles owned by other hospital libraries in the group.
Auto-Graphics Company Information
Founded in 1950, Auto-Graphics, Inc. (OTC:AUGR) has capitalized on new technology as it becomes available, providing information publishing and database resource sharing systems to the publishing and library communities. Made up of two divisions, the Library Services Division and the Publishing Services Division, Auto-Graphics offers a wide range of products and services that are both cost-effective and innovative.
The Library Services Division has been committed to providing libraries and their patrons with user-friendly resource tools for more than 25 years. Always on the leading edge of library automation, Auto-Graphics began by developing printed book catalogs of library inventory. As technology advanced, new products were developed ranging from fiche and film catalogs to, in recent years, CD-ROM catalogs.
Today, the explosive growth of the Internet and World Wide Web have made access to information more readily available, and the libraries across the country are seeking to take advantage of this new resource. Auto-Graphics' Impact/ONLINE product family provides a solution that enables broad, content-rich access to information without overburdening library staff or budgets. Over one million people per day use Auto-Graphics' software to access library information.
Users may see a demonstration of Auto-Graphics products by accessing their web site at www.auto-graphics.com.