July 7, 2000. Innovative Interfaces, Inc., a leader in information technology for libraries, introduced a number of new Millennium products and demonstrated new technologies in booth #4222 at the ALA Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Among the highlights of the Innovative exhibit was an interface to palm devices, synthesized speech and voice input functions, Java-based Inter-library Loan, "My Millennium", and a netLibrary interface.
According to Martha McEvoy, Innovative's Vice President of Product Development, "All of the new products we are showing at ALA further validate and leverage the power of Millennium's Java programming. With Millennium's Web-based computing, we can take information from anywhere to anywhere, in a seamless manner and on-demand. We can integrate various input methods, such as voice; in fact, because Millennium is Java-based, it is easy to interface with all types of devices, and across all Millennium functions."
Innovative showed new products that demonstrate this flexible integration, as well as demonstrating further research and development of new technologies:
Circulation Voice Input
A new "proof of concept" announced at ALA, this application utilizes voice input via a microphone to completely run all the operations of Millennium Circulation. This is particularly suited for high-volume circulation stations so that staff need never touch the mouse or keyboard. Because it is Java-based, this concept can be applied to all Millennium products.
Palm Device Interfaces
With Millennium, patrons can utilize their palm devices (such as Palm Pilots) to beam and store information. From the Circulation module, users can transfer the due date and a brief citation of checked-out items into the calendar of a palm device, setting an alarm to remind them. Also, from the Web OPAC, users can now beam bibliographic citations into their device as a "memo", which can then be saved for future reference, or carried to the shelf as a finding aid.
Making its debut at ALA, My Millennium is an optional, value-added patron access to the Web OPAC that enables unprecedented customization. Patrons can choose the format by which their circulation notices will be sent to them, view checked-out items by a number of parameters, and build, save, modify, and add to preferred searches.
Computerized Speech Functionality
Innovative introduced Millennium's computerized speech capability for its Telephone Renewal product. This uses both synthesized speech and pre-recorded messages, and has text-to-speech output. It can "speak" the titles (as opposed to the barcodes) when patrons call the library.
Millennium Inter-Library Loan
Also making its debut at ALA, the new Java-based Millennium Inter-Library Loan module is a full-service, integrated module that includes patron-initiated requesting and electronic transmission of requests via the ISO ILL protocol.
Innovative's new interface to netLibrary eBooks was shown for the first time at ALA. Innovative provides software that enables interested libraries to obtain and display netLibrary holdings in their Web-based catalogs. Libraries can purchase eBooks with automatic delivery of netLibrary MARC records, obtain the netLibrary MARC records via the Acquisitions module, and access the netLibrary holdings via the Web OPAC.