Emeryville, CA, September 28 -- The Santa Fe Public Library became the second New Mexico public library system in the last 30 days to chose of INNOPAC from Innovative Interfaces as its library automation system.
Santa Fe which has 238,000 volumes and an annual circulation of more than 540,000 had been using a proprietary OPAC and circulation system. The library serves more than 100,000 people in Santa Fe county, including 55,000 in the city of Santa Fe. It has three facilities, a main library, a branch, and a mall bookstop.
Last month the Las Cruces public library announced INNOPAC will be its first automated system.
Santa Fe also plans to allow remote electronic access to its OPAC, a feature that Joanne Werger, Library Division Director, sees as a significant benefit both to residents in outlying areas as well as those in Santa Fe itself.
"Patrons will be able to log in from home, which will be a lot more convenient that driving into the downtown area where parking is such a problem," she said.
She added that there would also be about 60 terminals in the libraries able to access the system.
Werger noted that because there is no university or similar facility nearby, there is high demand on the library by students and researchers. She said that INNOPAC's "user friendliness" was one of the main reasons Innovative was chosen over four other companies that bid on the system.
"We were most concerned about how easy the system would be for our patrons to use, "Werger said. "With the INNOPAC system people don't need much instruction or help."
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 other countries.