Emeryville, CA, Aug. 22 -- The Allen Mercer Daniel Law Library at Howard University has made its first foray into the world of library automation by adopting Innovative Interfaces' INNOPAC library automation system to replace its manual system.
"All six of the law school libraries in the nation's capital now have an INNOPAC system," said Gerald Kline, president of Innovative Interfaces, Inc.
In addition to Howard, the others are American University, Catholic University, District of Columbia School of Law , George Washington University and Georgetown University.
Founded in 1869, to provide an opportunity for African Americans to study law, Howard is the oldest law school in Washington, D.C. It counts among its alumni, Thurgood Marshall, former associate justice of the Supreme Court. The library has 250,000 volumes for its student body of 450 and until now it has used a manual system both for public access and for administrative functions.
Richard Leiter, Professor of Law and Director of the Library, said that as soon as the OPAC is up and running this fall, Howard students will be able to access not only the Howard catalog but, for the first time, they would be able to access the catalogs of all the other law schools in Washington, D.C.
He said that over the last several years he and his predecessors looked at most of the library automation providers before deciding on Innovative Interfaces. Their decision was based on the functionality of the system and the reputation of the company, Leiter said.
"INNOPAC is clearly without peer in its ability to handle serials," Leiter said. "About 90 percent of our titles are updated regularly so it's really important for us to be able to track them. INNOPAC does that better than anybody."
"And the way INNOPAC integrates OPAC with its serials, acquisition and other modules is the most efficient that I've seen," he added.
Leiter added that Innovative"s reputation for quality service and support was also an important deciding factor, noting that "what you get when you purchase INNOPAC is a lot more than software and equipment."
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.