August 6, 2001— Innovative Interfaces, a leading supplier of Web-based library solutions, announced that MAP (Millennium Access Plus) has begun its first beta tests at a public library. Westerville Public Library in Ohio is currently using MAP with its Millennium system.
MAP is a highly integrated solution that manages access to information resources, guiding patrons and staff to Internet content quickly. It is made up of three key features: Web Access Management, WebBridge, and MetaFind. Web Access Management is a remote-patron authentication tool that links patrons anywhere in the world directly to external Web servers and databases. WebBridge, a contextual-resource linking tool, connects users directly from the bibliographic record display in the Web OPAC and Millennium modules to related resources such as full-text articles, book reviews, or book jacket images. Finally, MetaFind is a universal search interface that allows access to multiple resources with a single search, returning all results in a consistent interface.
"The main reason we are so excited about MAP is that it brings together a variety of quality information resources and makes it available to our library customers at the click of a mouse. Not only is MAP a valuable service to our customers, who are technologically savvy, but it will also make our library stand out to users as one that stays on the cutting edge of library technology," said Kristen Hewitt, Manager of Support Services at Westerville Public Library.
Westerville Public Library, located 15 miles northeast of Columbus, serves approximately 80,000 patrons. Introducing technology and new ways to serve the information needs of its community are the hallmarks of the Westerville Public Library, with convenience as the key.
MAP is a logical extension of the Millennium system, which uses Web-based computing to retrieve and move information to and from anywhere. Millennium enhances the library’s ability to meet emerging information challenges for patrons and staff by providing a powerful tool set to blend the library’s resources and the Internet into a single computing entity.
"MAP greatly increases the level of services that libraries can provide to patrons," said Jerry Kline, Innovative’s President and CEO. "It leverages resource-selection decisions, and integrates the searching power of the Web OPAC and Millennium staff modules into a suite of resource-access management tools."