Emeryville, CA., August 17 -- The Bruggemeyer Memorial Library in Monterey Park, CA. has become the first public library in the U.S., to acquire Innovative Interface's Chinese, Japanese, Korean language software as part of its INNOPAC library automation system.
The software allows users to access the library's OPAC in Chinese, Japanese or Korean and enables the staff to automatically translate OCLC records that contain Chinese, Japanese or Korean characters. The library has about 140,000 volumes, nearly 30,000 of which are in Asian languages.
"The INNOPAC system will be a major benefit to Monterey Park's large Asian community and will also free up staff to perform other duties besides translation, " said Linda Wilson, City Librarian. "We expect the addition of the Chinese, Japanese, Korean module will attract even more people from the community and from neighboring communities."
She noted that the library was also ordering the Spanish language module.
"When the library received its first donation of Asian language books, the staff made a commitment to catalog it in all the languages and they did it by hand," said Charity Kirkpatrick, a consultant who worked with the library on the project. "Now all they have to do is download records from the OCLC into INNOPAC and that's it. It's done."
She added that Innovative Interfaces was the only library automation company they'd seen that had a CJK module.
The CJK Language module was developed in 1990 and has been installed in several U.S. academic libraries and more than 30 libraries throughout the Far East and Australia.
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.