epixtech, inc. is pleased to announce that its Interlibrary Loan products have new releases available this month. Development has now begun on integrating the draft NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP) standard into these products to enhance their interoperability with circulation systems.
Resource Sharing System (RSS) 3.1.1 is a maintenance release that delivers solutions to problems that have been reported by customers. Several changes have been made to dialog boxes in response to suggestions from customers, and new statuses have been added for requests sent to OCLC's Direct Request service to note that a request has been "Exported" successfully or "Not Exported" when unsuccessful.
Universal Resource Sharing Application (URSA) 2.6 focuses on enhancing search results and adds an ISO ILL Gateway to allow libraries within an URSA consortium to send unfilled requests to OCLC's Direct Request service. External catalogs may also be set up for searching so that patrons can capture bibliographic citations in requests for materials not owned by the consortium.
Lana Porter, President and CEO of epixtech, inc. remarked, "With RSS and URSA, epixtech is definitely at the head of the library automation market in ILL products. Our products were already the standard for the industry, but these enhancements make our URSA and RSS products even better and prove that we are meeting the needs of our customers in an expeditious and proactive way."
Gail Wanner, ILL Product Manager added that, "The new releases are a direct response to our customers' suggestions. They have been very involved with the development and improvement of both products, and the enhancements will benefit those customers who use epixtech automation systems and customers who uses these ILL products as stand-alone systems."
epixtech is the leading provider of automation technologies, solutions and services for more than 7,600 libraries worldwide. epixtech's award-winning library automation systems, ConnectLib solutions for patron self-services, desktop management and interlibrary loans and its new Web-based solutions and services empower libraries and their patrons. epixtech was formerly Ameritech Library Services, a subsidiary of Ameritech, and became a private corporation in December 1999. epixtech's library automation solutions meet the needs of academic, research, public, corporate, consortia and K-12 school libraries. Headquartered in Utah, epixtech has offices in Evanston, Illinois; Waterloo, Ontario; as well as in Australia, France, Ireland, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Taiwan. epixtech, inc. is located at 400 West 5050 North, Provo, Utah 84605; Telephone: 1-800-288-8020; fax 801-223-5202; and www.epixtech.com.