Emeryville, CA., July 31, 1995 -- Innovative Interfaces, Inc. now offers a World Wide Web server software that integrates with INNOPAC, one the world's most advanced library automation software packages.
"INNOPAC libraries can now provide a convenient way for anyone running a World Wide Web client program such as Netscape or Mosaic, to access their OPAC databases," said Gerald Kline, president of Innovative Interfaces. "It also allows libraries to link records in their catalog to a wide variety of information available on the Internet."
The Innovative software dynamically converts a library's MARC records into HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) that can be read by Web client programs. It also provides links between the library's records and full text, illustrations and other resources available on the Internet whenever URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) are entered into MARC 856 fields in bibliographic records in the database.
Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C. has become the first INNOPAC library to install the new server software. Lynn Copeland, manager of library systems, at Simon Fraser said the university is using the Innovative web software to provide a common user interface for access not only to the library's main catalog of 750,000 titles (one million volumes) but also several to other databases the library maintains as well as other outside databases frequently accessed by Simon Fraser's 12,000 students.
The INNOPAC Web server software will also be installed at the 3.9 million volume University of Missouri Library to enhance the Innovative system currently being installed at the university's four campuses.
"The addition of Innovative's world wide web interface is important because it gives faculty and students access to OPAC and journal citation databases through popular graphical Web browsers," said George Rickerson, director of library systems, University of Missouri.
Although the software allows libraries to make their OPAC databases available on the World Wide Web, the library can sf11 restrict access to the entire file or portions of it in a variety of ways. For example, access might be limited only to those users among the general public who are accessing the library's catalog or journal citation file when they are on campus or after they have been verified as registered to use the system.
The Innovative Web software also allows users to:
- Use all INNOPAC indexes to retrieve records,
- Display the full MARC record
- Display images that are stored in INNOPAC and linked to bibliographic records,
- DisplayTable of Contents information such as those provided by Blackwell North America,
- Access course reserve lists,
- View their own patron records,
- Request items, and
- Access Z39.50 databases the provide access via Z39.50, such as MELVYL, RUN, OCLC, etc.
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 10 foreign countries.