San Antonio, TX, January 20. Innovative Interfaces, Inc. and RoweCom, Inc. today announced they have entered into a strategic partnership to provide INNOPAC libraries with the ability to use the Internet to purchase and pay for journals and claim missing issues.
Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Innovative is integrating RoweCom's automated subscription service, Subscribe, into its INNOPAC library automation system. The service initially provides INNOPAC libraries with automated serials purchasing and claiming, and the partners are actively exploring additional services, including the purchase of documents and books.
Bank One of Columbus Ohio, a third member of the partnership, processes the financial transactions through the banking industry's Automated Clearing House (ACH) system.
"INNOPAC libraries have led the way in using the resources available through the Internet to enhance their service offerings to their patrons," said Innovative President Jerry Kline. "Our partnership with RoweCom, using the Internet to order and purchase materials is a natural extension of that leadership."
"INNOPAC/Subscribe is a transformational service that not only makes serials purchasing much easier but significantly reduces the cost journal acquisitions for libraries," he added. "Innovative Interfaces is one of the world's leading library systems providers," said Richard R. Rowe, President and CEO of RoweCom. "By linking our complementary services in a long-term partnership, we are able to provide libraries with the most comprehensive, integrated, cost-effective serials management and acquisition tools available."
More information about INNOPAC/Subscribe and a free download of the software is available through the Innovative and RoweCom websites and at their exhibit booths at the American Library Association conference in San Antonio.
Innovative Interfaces is one of the world's leading providers of library automation systems to academic, public and special libraries. Innovative's INNOPAC system is installed in libraries in nearly every state in the United States and 11 other countries.
RoweCom, established in 1994, is the world's first provider of automated library subscription services. Its Subscribe service uses the Internet for orders, payments, and claims related to more than 20,000 academic, scientific, technical and medical journals.