POMONA, Calif., June 21, 1999. Auto-Graphics Inc. (OTCBB:AUGR), leading provider of Web-based PAC, cataloging and interlibrary loan (ILL) services, announced it has been awarded a second contract with the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. Under the new contract, which is renewable annually for five years, Auto-Graphics will provide two integrated areas of functionality, including Impact/ONLINE/ILL™ and Impact/ONLINE/WebPAC™ featuring Z39.50 capability for patron access via a Web browser from remote locations.
The original contract was initiated three years ago and provided Impact/ONLINE/ILL and cataloging services for 200 library sites. Up to 800 sites will be served under the new contract agreement including an increased number of Impact/ONLINE/ILL and cataloging sites and continued access to the statewide union list of holdings/serials for any library or library user in Oklahoma with Internet connectivity.
"We are pleased to renew Auto-Graphics' services for a resource that has greatly enhanced the effectiveness and efficiency of interlibrary loans in the state of Oklahoma. As libraries around the state have achieved Internet connectivity, they have directly benefited from the ability to locate and request items their patrons need using the Auto-Graphics systems," said John Corbett, director of library technology, Oklahoma Department of Technology.
Oklahoma has also purchased Auto-Graphics' Z39.50 capability to enhance the Impact/ONLINE Web-based service for their patrons, which combines the connectivity protocols of the World Wide Web and the Z39.50 interoperability standard. The embedded Z39.50 search capability in Impact/ONLINE products makes it easier for customers to enter into resource sharing agreements and to provide patrons with seamless access to holdings represented in the union catalog and/or at Z39.50 targets.
"Our innovative database technology and resource sharing technology enhanced with Z39.50 are tools that leverage the power of the Internet and expand access to vast library resources for all Oklahoma libraries and their patrons," said William J. Kliss, chief operating officer at Auto-Graphics.
Future plans in Oklahoma include Internet database access and resource-sharing among interstate library networks. "Auto-Graphics has opened the door to multi-state cooperation and information sharing in this region of the country and beyond," said Corbett.
Founded in 1950, Auto-Graphics Inc. (OTCBB:AUGR) provides Web-based information publishing and Internet database resource sharing systems to the publishing and library communities. The company's web site is located at http://www.auto-graphics.com.