July 7, 2000. Innovative Interfaces, Inc., a leader in information technology for libraries, introduced My Millennium, a tool that enables unprecedented customization for library patrons, at the ALA Annual Meeting in Chicago.
A new option for libraries, My Millennium enhances Innovative's Web OPAC. An OPAC search session can be customized for individual patrons, with their records forming the basis of their profile. My Millennium automatically saves both staff and patrons extra keying and time during lengthy search sessions.
According to John McCullough, Product Manager at Innovative, "My Millennium is an exciting and innovative tool for patron empowerment. Patrons can conduct a search, save it, and come back to it two months or even two years later. It's an interactive interface that allows the Web OPAC to become part of their lives-even outside of the physical library."
Upon logging in through their patron record, users can choose the format by which their circulation notices are sent to them (email, telephone, postal mail); customize personal data on their patron record (such as address, telephone number, email address); sort checked-out items by a number of parameters; and build, save, modify, and add to preferred searches. Patrons can also suggest titles for library acquisition; after the book is purchased and processed, My Millennium's "push technology" automatically notifies the patron via email.
For library staff, My Millennium allows usage statistics to be generated with a new circulation report based on patron-initiated functions such as renewing items, canceling holds, booking materials, and making ILL requests, as well as modifying PINs and other personal information.
McCullough added, "My Millennium allows unique library customization and user convenience based on existing patron data. As information resources continue to expand in both size and complexity, the ability of search interfaces to provide personalized access to vital information is imperative."