Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces, a leading supplier of Web-based library automation systems, announced that its portal software, Millennium Access Plus (MAP), has been purchased by 26 libraries. In development for nearly a year, MAP is a highly integrated portal solution that manages access to the world of online information sources and guides patrons to Internet content quickly. MAP can be used with Innovative's Millennium system or with a library's existing automation system.
Already purchased by 26 libraries, MAP is now installed in academic and public libraries throughout the world.
"MAP's growing popularity with libraries is due in large part to its ability to provide seamless access to a diverse array of information resources," said Laurie Davidson, Product Manager at Innovative. "More than ever, the integration of library resources is essential in providing an efficient and appropriate research environment for patrons. MAP is the future of information access and beyond."
MAP is made up of three key modules: WebBridge, MetaFind, and Web Access Management. WebBridge connects users directly from a record in the Web OPAC, the Millennium Modules, or an external database (such as I/A) to related resources such as full-text articles, book reviews, or book-jacket images. MetaFind is a universal search interface that allows access to multiple resources with a single search, returning all results in a consistent interface. Finally, Web Access Management is a remote-patron authentication tool that links patrons anywhere in the world directly to external Web servers and databases.
MAP now includes the WebBridge resolution server, which, in addition to linking from the Millennium system to external resources, accepts incoming connections from a resource outside the system and returns an appropriate set of matches based on metadata passed to the resolution server. A WebBridge knowledge database has also been built, with a user-friendly interface for managing and adding resources.