Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces, a leading supplier of Web-based library automation systems, announced that it has signed a number of new contracts with public libraries within the last few months.
eiNetwork, the Electronic Information Network, is a collaborative project of the Allegheny County Library Association, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and the Commission on the Future of Libraries in Allegheny County. eiNetwork provides library automation, PCs, Internet access, and other information technology services to a consortium of 46 public libraries, schools, and museums in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
"We chose to replace our DRA Classic automation system with Innovative's Millennium to achieve increased functionality for both patrons and staff. Patrons will have access to their own accounts and be able to place their own reserves. Staff will have the benefits of fully integrated acquisitions and serials modules, inventory, a collection agency interface, telephone notification, improved reporting, and homebound modules," said Joan Morris, Database Group Manager at eiNetwork. "The Oracle option for Millennium was also chosen to support the increased data mining needs of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the consortium as a whole."
Helsinki Metropolitan Libraries, a very large and prestigious public library system comprised of four libraries and 92 branches, is located in Helsinki, Finland. They will be converting from their existing GEAC system. Finns are avid readers and purported to be the most active library users in the world; while Finland is a relatively small country (roughly 5 million people), there are over 900 public libraries and over 200 bookmobiles. The library system has an annual circulation of 16 million and holds 4 million volumes.
Youngstown and Mahoning County Public Library, located in Ohio, is a county-wide system comprised of a main library and 18 branches. The library serves a population of 255,165, holds a collection of 892,786 volumes and 1,402 serials, and has an annual circulation of 1.7 million.
"Our library is very focused on making sure that all our resources work together to the maximum benefit of our community: staff, collections, technologies, policies, and procedures. Because the selection of an automation system is so important to this goal, we had dozens of people from all areas of the library involved in making the decision. Millennium was the clear favorite," said Carlton Sears, Library Director at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.
Camden County Library, established in 1921 in Voorhees, New Jersey, has chosen the Millennium system to replace its incumbent DRA system. In the span of over 80 years, the library has rapidly grown into six branches and 11 member libraries, serving 250,000 patrons in 27 municipalities throughout the county.
"Millennium will provide a catalog that is easier for both the customers and staff at the Camden County Library System to use. Since it is Web-based, Millennium has many of the point-and-click features that people are accustomed to in a graphical system; they don't have to learn so many commands just to navigate," said Janice Masud-Paul, Supervisor of Information Technology at the Camden County Library System.
Côte Saint-Luc Public Library in Montréal, Canada, is a primarily residential community located at the heart of the Island of Montréal. The library has a collection of 115,181 volumes, with specialties in architecture, art, computers, and women. This is Innovative's first public library in Quebec; it is also fully bilingual (French and English). They will be converting to Millennium from their existing AG Canada system.
The Library System of Lancaster County, located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is a federated system composed of thirteen member libraries, a Central Resource Library, a bookmobile, and a County Prison Library. The library has chosen Innovative's Millennium to replace its Galaxy system.
"We chose Innovative Interfaces because they offered us a library automation system best suited for our needs and a technological vision in tune with that of the Library System," said Bill Hudson, Technology Manager at the Library System of Lancaster County.
Southington Public Library and Museum in Hartford County, Connecticut, was founded in 1902. Southington was first settled in 1698. Originally called the village of Panthorn, the town began to develop in the first decade of the 1700s. In 1779, the town was incorporated as Southington. The library, serving a population of 38,800, has 123,000 volumes with a special emphasis on Southington history.