Emeryville, CA, August 9 -- The Salt Lake City Public Library System has chosen INNOPAC from Innovative Interfaces as its library automation system, replacing an existing GEAC CLSI system.
The library also chose to add Innovative's World Wide Web server software to its INNOPAC system. Although the library has long provided telnet and Gopher access to the Internet, it will now be able to open World Wide Web access to its users, a key part of its information strategy for the future.
The Salt Lake City Library System consists of a main library and five branches. It has 750,000 volumes and an annual circulation of 2.2 million. It expects circulation to top 3 million by the year 2000.
Nancy Tessman, acting director of the Salt Lake City Public Library, said the library chose Innovative because Innovative provided both a superior technical solution to the library's current needs and a partnership to help the library define and develop its role as a key provider of information access for the public.
"Libraries should serve as the keystone in the information revolution," Tessman said. "The library is positioning itself to be a primary gateway to the electronic highway for the public."
"The addition of the World Wide Web will further enhance and integrate patron access to a broad range of global information resources." she added.
Tessman said the library was in the process of upgrading its computer hardware to give more users access to the World Wide Web and would eventually have as many as 350 users linked into the network served by INNOPAC.
Tessman noted that INNOPAC was an unusually well integrated package that will allow the library to automate several functions—acquisitions and serials—that are now manual while improving other areas. She said the library was impressed wit the "simplicity and clarity" of the OPAC.
"The power and capabilities of the upgraded hardware and the design and responsiveness of the Innovative OPAC will measurably improve public service at the City Library," she said.
The library carefully researched Innovative's record as a provider of automation technology to other public library systems and was impressed with the quality of service Innovative has provided.
"Innovative's dedication to quality came through loud and clear when we talked to public libraries that use INNOPAC," Tessman said.
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