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Illinois library consortium selects Auto-Graphics for Web-based catalog and interlibrary loan service

Press Release: Auto-Graphics, Inc. [April 1, 1998]

Copyright (c) 1998 Auto-Graphics, Inc.


POMONA, Calif., April 1, 1998 -- The North Suburban Library System (NSLS), a consortium of 600 public, school, academic and special libraries in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago, has selected Auto-Graphics Inc. to provide a web-based catalog and interlibrary loan system.

NSLS converted an Auto-Graphics database of 2 million bibliographic records and 7 million holdings to Auto-Graphics' Impact/ONLINETM system. "Each library will make an independent decision about converting to the Internet, so it's difficult to say right now just how many will comprise the system and how soon," said Judith Ream, NSLS special projects coordinator.

Fifty-four members will initially participate in the interlibrary loan (ILL) service, which came online earlier this month, she noted.

Impact/ONLINE WebPACTM is an Auto-Graphics module that allows patrons to search the NSLS union catalog from the library's own PC or Mac, or even from home, school or the office where the library wishes to permit such out-of-library access. All that is needed is a PC or Mac configured with any standard web browser and with access to the Internet; no software is downloaded to the computer. Impact/ONLINE ILLTM continues the transaction when an interlibrary loan is the only way to acquire the desired holding.

The ILL system enables the patron to easily submit an interlibrary loan request and thereafter automates every step of the request, ensuring that the librarian's "preferred lender libraries" are contacted in the desired order, and minimizing human intervention all the way through to the final return of the item to the lender. Each library controls what privileges to extend to patrons.

The ILL system enables the patron to easily submit an interlibrary loan request and thereafter automates every step of the request, ensuring that the librarian's "preferred lender libraries" are contacted in the desired order, and minimizing human intervention all the way through to the final return of the item to the lender. Each library controls what privileges to extend to patrons.

NSLS has been an Auto-Graphics customer since 1992 for its CD-ROM catalog service. That system supported an ILL service among participating libraries.

"We expect to see a steady migration to the Internet because the online catalog is always current, compared to an update of CD-ROM catalogs only three times a year," Ream said. "The processing of interlibrary loans over the web is far simpler and faster for patrons and staff alike, and the CD-ROM equipment can be eliminated."

The NSLS consortium consists of 550 elementary and secondary schools, several colleges and universities (including Northwestern University) and special libraries operated by corporations, hospitals and other independent institutions. The remainder are public libraries serving a population of 1.6 million residents.

"We looked at other available solutions before determining that Auto-Graphics is the only company that can do exactly what we want to do," Ream said. "Our library system probably has automation systems from every vendor in the business, and we needed a company that could take records from disparate systems and create one large database."

Company Information

Company Information Founded in 1950, Auto-Graphics Inc. (OTC:AUGR) provides information publishing and database resource sharing systems to the publishing and library communities.

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Publication Year:1998
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:April 1, 1998
Publisher:Auto-Graphics, Inc.
Place of Publication:Pomano, CA
Company: Auto-Graphics, Inc.
Products: Impact/ONLINE
Libraries: North Suburban Library System
Subject: System announcements -- selection
Online access:http://www.auto-graphics.com/pressreleases/illinoispr.html
Record Number:6660
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00