Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces, a leader in information technology for libraries, announced that Glasgow University in Scotland will be a development partner for the company's digital library initiatives. Glasgow University will be working with Innovative to assist in the design and development of two Millennium products: Electronic Resource Management and Metadata Builder.
Fully integrated with the Millennium system or available as a stand-alone product, Innovative's Electronic Resource Management solves the library's problem of having to develop local control mechanisms for managing licensed resources such as e-journals, Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases, and full-text databases. Electronic Resource Management enables libraries to keep track of their e-journal licensing and purchasing details using a single system, streamlining workflows, and eliminating the need to maintain separate databases.
Metadata Builder, a component of MetaSource, enables libraries to describe and store digital collections using the library's metadata scheme of choice. Libraries can enter, batch, load, store, and export XML in a defined metadata scheme and link digital objects with appropriate metadata. MetaSource is made of three independent components: Millennium Media Management, XML Harvester, and Metadata Builder.
"This partnership benefits Innovative, our library, and other libraries. We're able to provide Innovative with a good sense of what we, and other libraries around the world, currently encounter when managing digital resources," said Mark Denham, Head of IT Services at Glasgow University. "We are interested in making our archival collections and other digital resources more accessible to users. Partnering in the development of Metadata Builder will enable us to integrate the separate databases managed by our special collections department into the main catalog using XML EAD records. Electronic Resource Management will enable us to better track and manage our e-journal data."
"We are very excited to embark on this development partnership with Glasgow University, a long-time Innovative user," said Aaron Blazer, Director of International Customer Sales. "Combining the experience of a complex library with the ingenuity of our developers will assist us in creating a superior product that promises to revolutionize digital resource management." He also noted that in addition to Glasgow University, the University of Washington and Washington State University are also development partners for Electronic Resource Management.
About Glasgow University Library
Founded circa 1475, Glasgow University Library (www.lib.gla.ac.uk) is one of the great university libraries of Europe. Its collections, assembled over more than 500 years, reflect the achievements of international scholarship, including Scotland's own remarkable contribution, since the Middle Ages. It is a rich resource for the University, for the local community, and for the many visitors welcomed every year.