POMONA, Calif., October 7, 1999. Auto-Graphics Inc. (OTCBB:AUGR) today announced it has provided the Texas Library Connection (TLC) with cataloging records for federal documents from its Government Documents Catalog Service (GDCS). Auto-Graphics has integrated GDCS records into the TLC database where they are accessible via Auto-Graphics' Impact/Online WebPAC. This technology will enable K -12 library staff, teachers and students Web access to a variety of materials published by the Federal government including direct Web links to full-text information resources.
Auto-Graphics is a leading provider of government documents cataloging and Web-based PAC, cataloging and interlibrary loan (ILL) services to libraries. A longtime Auto-Graphics customer, TLC is one of the most progressive technology initiatives in U.S. state school library history and includes over 3,500 K-12 school libraries in the state of Texas. Administered by the Instructional Technology Division of the Texas Education Agency (TEA), TLC brings equal library services to every public school student in Texas.
"Auto-Graphics has played an invaluable role in making this information more easily accessible to our staff, teachers and students. The new service significantly expands the resources we are able to provide," said Gloria McClanahan, director of library services, Texas Education Agency (TEA).
"We're pleased to provide integration of our government documents catalog services to Texas. This is a significant application of Auto-Graphics' resource-sharing technology and is reflective of our ongoing commitment to providing leading-edge services to the educational community," said William J. Kliss, chief operating officer at Auto-Graphics.
Nearly 1400 libraries throughout the U.S. serve as federal depository libraries that are designated to receive publications produced by government agencies such as the EPA, National Institutes of Health, NASA, and the Peace Corps. Sixty-one federal depository libraries are located in the state of Texas and are committed to providing free access to their depository collections. Federal publications include books, CDs, posters, games, videos, maps, periodicals and other materials.
With a $1.3 million authorization from the 73rd Texas State Legislature, TLC was launched in June 1995 with the awarding of a contract to Auto-Graphics to develop the library network using the Impact/ONLINE product family. Since the 1995 launch, TLC has used Impact/ONLINE to merge nearly 30 million items into over three million unique records that today comprise the TLC database. When duplicate titles result from merging library catalogs, one unique record is created and the location of all titles in the network is attached. Database records include books, audiotapes, videotapes, computer software, filmstrips and other audio/visual materials.
Auto-Graphics Inc. (OTCBB:AUGR) was founded in 1950. The company is a leading provider of Web-based information publishing and Internet database resource sharing systems, including the Impact line of database and search products and services. Customers include Alibris, Boeing, Houghton Mifflin, and the state of Texas. The company's web site is located at www.auto-graphics.com.