September 6, 2000. Innovative Interfaces, a leading supplier of Web-based library automation systems, continues to grow in Turkey with the addition of Istanbul Bilgi University as a new customer. Millennium will replace the University's existing, indigenous library automation system, and will run on a Sun platform.
Istanbul Bilgi University, founded in 1996, is a private, non-profit institution, located in the center of Istanbul. The university currently serves just under 7,000 students, and is dedicated to implementing and maintaining international standards in the study of social and communication sciences, and arts and humanities.
Serdar Katipoglu, Head Librarian, said, "After an exhaustive and comprehensive study, we selected the Millennium system and believe that it will take us to a higher level of information technology. Our library users will now be able to access both bibliographic and full-text information, and Millennium's Web Access Management and Electronic Reserves modules will provide them with the flexibility to access the catalog whenever and wherever they wish.
"Meeting the needs of both local and distance users on the same system will facilitate not only greater access to education, but will also support the university's commitment to its own continuing development. At the same time, Millennium will extend the professional capacity of our librarians by offering ease of use and therefore minimizing the time needed for routine jobs."
Bob Radford, Business Manager at Innovative Interfaces, added, "Innovative is pleased to begin a partnership with Istanbul Bilgi University, which we are sure will be long and successful. We are also grateful to the university for helping Innovative reach other academic libraries in Turkey with news of Millennium and the future of library automation, by hosting a seminar at the campus in September. Innovative staff will be presenting and demonstrating Millennium at this seminar."