February 14, 2001—Innovative Interfaces, a leading supplier of Web-based library automation systems, will supply its Millennium system to the South East Academic Libraries System (SEALS), situated in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Once installed, the SEALS Millennium system will run on one central server and be shared by the seven member libraries. The consortium will have a combined catalog of over a million titles, and will share 225 staff user licenses. Millennium will be replacing the incumbent URICA, Erudite, ILS 2000, and ITS systems.
Philip Clarke, SEALS Project Manager, and Executive Director of its governing body, ECHEA (Eastern Cape Higher Education Association), said, "It quickly became obvious to the evaluators that the Millennium system was clearly superior to the library systems currently in operation in SEALS libraries. Millennium has sophisticated searching facilities that are very appealing to clients; the Web-based, user-friendly modules, in particular, are very impressive. All of the modules are fully integrated with one another, while the systems interface easily with external database providers, thereby enabling fast and seamless transfer of data to and from bibliographic utilities and book and journal vendors. Another major advantage is the facility whereby virtually any data can be extracted from the system for management information purposes without requiring the user to possess programming skills."
Petros Demetriou, Business Manager at Innovative Interfaces, added, "Innovative is pleased to be able to add the SEALS consortium of academic libraries to its expanding list of customers in the region. Innovative's track record in timely and successful implementations in South Africa was also a key factor in the selection of Millennium, and endorses our view that value-added services such as training, implementation and support are increasingly important factors in system selection. As the libraries' own customers become more sophisticated in their informational requirements and demand fast, reliable and 'around-the-clock' delivery, Millennium and Innovative will provide both the necessary technology and mature support services to meet these increased needs. We warmly welcome the enthusiasm and commitment of the SEALS libraries, and look forward to a long and successful partnership with them."