Emeryville, CA, August 31 -- The Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, the public library for Las Cruces, New Mexico will soon begin installing its first automated library system -- INNOPAC from Innovative Interfaces.
The library which boasts a rich collection of New Mexico and southwest titles, serves 142,000 residents of Dona Ana County about half of whom live in Las Cruces itself. The library has 150,000 volumes and an annual circulation of 325,000.
"The Installation of INNOPAC will allow us to significantly upgrade the service we can offer our users, " said Library Director Donald Dresp. "It will make it easier for users to know what is on the shelves and to reserve books and periodicals. With our older, manual system, that was difficult to do."
"Just as importantly, the installation of INNOPAC will allow us to offer service for the first time to users in remote parts of New Mexico who are not able to travel to Las Cruces very often," he said. "Because we now have one of the best automated systems available, they will be soon be able to access the OPAC from virtually anywhere in the state via a computer and modem."
He added that eventually the library would be able to connect with New Mexico State University and the local Las Cruces school system via a fibre optic network now being developed by the city.
Dresp said the system has been named CHILE which stands for Computers Helping In Library Exploration. He said that because this would be the first automated system that many of the library's users would see it was important that it be "straight-forward, easy to learn and easy to operate" while still delivering all the functionality that the library needed.
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 ether countries.