New Orleans, LA - Innovative Interfaces, a leader in information technology for libraries, showed new Millennium products and announced new projects at its booth #4524 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Millennium's Java-based technology and, hence, its ability to employ technologies such as XML, means that Innovative can extend product capabilities into areas that other ILS vendors cannot. All of the products shown exemplify this flexible and extensible architecture.
Innovative introduced MetaSource, a suite of tools that allows libraries to effectively manage their digital collections. It includes tools for digital object storage, crawling external collections, and full support for metadata schemes such as Dublin Core. MetaSource is made up of Millennium Media Management, which creates and stores objects such as images, sound, and audio files; XML Harvester, which gathers XML records from any server; and, coming in 2002, Metadata Builder, which stores XML in the metadata scheme of choice. Together, these tools will create a comprehensive digital library management strategy.
Taking the OPAC beyond the desktop browser, AirPAC is an alternative OPAC solution for patrons using alternative access technology such as mobile phones and PDAs with wireless capability. Innovative is the only ILS vendor to have implemented this technology. AirPAC delivers the power of Millennium searching, including Advanced Search, limiting and sorting of results, and library-defined catalog record and holdings displays. Patrons can walk through the library stacks with the Millennium OPAC in the palm of their hands, allowing them to issue searches against live catalog data and retrieve item information. They can also interact with the Millennium system from anywhere accessible by wireless networks.
AirPAC extends Web-based library computing with a highly flexible and extensible architecture. It is an HTTP server that extracts catalog data in XML format from the Millennium system and employs JavaServer Pages to format the output for the specific user agent. It is also compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Priority 1 checklist of the Web Accessibility Initiative of the W3 consortium.
Innovative showcased two new "efficiency tools" to help libraries with electronic subscription collections.
Innovative's Electronic Journal Holdings Update for Millennium Serials enriches e-journal access to the Web OPAC by automatically updating holdings statements for e-journal subscriptions using holdings data acquired from e-journal providers and other third-party vendors. This is an efficient and cost-effective maintenance of holdings statements that gives the library accurate local records of electronic serials holdings and easy and direct access to electronic issues from the bibliographic record display.
Serials E-Checkin offers libraries an automated method of tracking e-journals, streamlining hours of tedious labor. It uses XML input from the serials vendors or e-journal publishers to record the checkin transactions. Suppliers (such as EBSCO) transmit an Electronic Packing Slip (EPS) to the library's Millennium server. Upon receipt of an issue, the system automatically process the EPS and updates the checkin records with new issue information. It is currently in beta test at four Innovative libraries.
Syndetic Solutions Partnership
Innovative announced an alliance with Syndetic Solutions, offering libraries the option to link to Syndetic Solutions' enhanced bibliographic information via the MAP (Millennium Access Plus) linking tool. The content includes book-jacket images, tables of contents, book summaries, author biographies, and first chapters.