October 23, 2000. Innovative Interfaces, a leader in Web-based information technology for libraries, announced that its integration of netLibrary eBooks is now available at no cost to libraries using its INNOPAC and Millennium systems. Innovative is the first ILS vendor to release a product providing enhanced access to eBook collections hosted, served, and managed by netLibrary.
"Innovative is the leader in providing academic libraries with a Web-enabled library automation solution," noted netLibrary President and CEO Rob Kaufman. "We integrated netLibrary's collection management architecture with Innovative because they serve a large and growing base of academic libraries and were determined to integrate a Web-based interface with eBook collections faster than anyone else. They've proven their leadership in the marketplace."
Under an agreement with netLibrary announced in March 2000, Innovative has developed features that enable users to access collections of netLibrary eBooks directly. Full MARC records are downloaded into the library's catalog and enable full text access to eBooks. The netLibrary record loading process is fully integrated into Innovative's Acquisitions EDI system. In addition, Innovative has developed many other new features that integrate netLibrary's collection into the library's online catalog, including search limits, previews, and check-out.
With access to netLibrary's collection management architecture, patrons can remotely access eBooks at any time of day or night. Also, many of Innovative's partner libraries belong to consortia, and will benefit from the ability to share and expand their holdings without the cost of physical transport.
Jerry Kline, Innovative's President and CEO, said, "It's Innovative's mission to lead the industry with Web-based technology solutions for libraries. Integrating netLibrary's eBook infrastructure is part of our dedication to delivering these solutions to our partners."