Emeryville, CA, April 15, 1997 Orbis a 12-member consortium of university and college libraries in the Pacific Northwest, each using a separate INNOPAC system from Innovative Interfaces, recently announced the introduction of a patron initiated, totally automated, interlibrary loan service using Innovative's INN-Reach Software. This new service makes over four million books and other circulating items available at any time to patrons and faculty at private and public colleges and universities throughout Oregon and southeastern Washington.
By implementing Innovative's INN-Reach Software Module, Orbis members have been able to search the regional union catalog. Now, with the inclusion of INN-Reach options, Orbis library users can request materials found throughout the state's research library collections. lf the requested material is on the shelf and available, Orbis users receive the item within a few working days at their local institution.
The INN-Reach Software Module allows multiple libraries with separate INNOPAC systems to offer the most sophisticated real-time union catalog available. By using INN-Reach Software, libraries can provide access to a separate merged bibliographic database with extensive title and holdings information, including real-time circulation status provided from the stand-alone systems. Innovative also offers libraries the option to implement a full suite of circulation functions, including patron initiated requests, patron validation and online acknowledgements --all fully integrated within each INNOPAC system.
"It has always been Innovative's goal to develop products that allow libraries to provide a higher level of service to their users," says Jerry Kline. President and CEO of Innovative Interfaces. "INN-Reach Software helps Innovative's customers empower their patrons. It is very exciting to see the impact that these products are having on the way libraries are perceived throughout the Orbis system."
According to Jim Kopp, Chair of the Orbis Council, "Orbis Borrowing provides better service to the users and offers solutions to several issues confronting consortium members, from addressing rising costs of library materials to capitalizing on existing resources, personnel and technology. The net result is that borrowing has never been easier for patrons or staff."
For more than two years now. members of Orbis have offered a unified library catalog system headquartered at the University of Oregon's Knight Library. Orbis-- created with start-up funding from the Meyer Memorial Trust of Portland and additional support from the Oregon State System of Higher Education (OSSHE) — is a resource for the entire state and region that will benefit countless citizens in the years to come.
Innovative Interfaces is one of the world's leading providers of library automation systems to academic, public and special libraries. Innovative's INNOPAC library automation systems installed in more than 600 libraries in 18 countries around the world. Innovative Interfaces is headquartered in Emeryville. California.