Emeryville, CA-Innovative Interfaces, a leader in information technology for libraries, announced today that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has chosen both the Millennium library automation software and the INN-Reach resource-sharing system for the 2,500 school, public, academic, and special libraries who are members of the ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA Database project.
"The selection of Innovative's INN-Reach system extends the vision of the ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA Database to include real-time updating of holdings by participants," said Joe Scorza, Executive Director of the Health Sciences Libraries Consortium. "Pennsylvania has chosen a robust platform for a joint database which is also flexible, sophisticated, and able to accommodate a 'virtual' catalog alternative at the same time." The system will be capable of supporting over 1,000 simultaneous users and will be using Oracle database software.
"INN-Reach will offer library patrons throughout Pennsylvania simple and convenient Web-based access to materials in the union catalog. ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA will be able to provide improved access and resource-sharing," said Sandy Westall, Innovative Vice President of Resource Sharing Services.
Pennsylvania State Librarian and Deputy Secretary of Education Gary Wolfe said, "We chose Innovative following a competitive bid process and a thorough technical review because they presented the best technological solutions to our requirements. Our primary goal is to improve resource sharing among all types of libraries, and Innovative's Web-based solutions will allow us to provide greatly improved information services to the people of Pennsylvania."
INN-Reach, software developed by Innovative that connects the circulation modules of participating libraries, allows patrons from one library to request and borrow materials belonging to another library. Requests and fulfillments are processed in circulation transactions which are communicated in real-time between the libraries.
A project of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Office of the Commonwealth Libraries, ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA began in 1985 with a vision of providing a union catalog across the State of Pennsylvania. It was the first and remains the largest statewide union catalog of all types of libraries. When libraries join the database, they must sign an agreement to share their resources statewide. Therefore, when a Pennsylvanian finds a book or other material in the database that he or she wants, the library that owns that book has made a commitment to share it.
As of Fall 2000, ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA's shared union catalog offered patrons over 35 million holdings, approximately 5.6 million unique records, and included 97% of Pennsylvania's school districts.
"We are very excited to partner with ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA on such an ambitious project. Innovative's systems are well-suited to these large-scale projects; this represents one of several statewide multi-type consortia that Innovative works with, including Colorado's Prospector, Ohio's OhioLINK, and Oregon's ORBIS, " said Jerry Kline, Innovative President and CEO.
Innovative Interfaces (www.iii.com) is a leader in providing Web-based automated library systems. Innovative's library automation systems are installed in more than 1,000 libraries in 27 countries around the world. The company is headquartered in Emeryville, California, with offices in Australia, Canada, China, France, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.