Emeryville, CA—City College of San Francisco, Sunnyvale Public Library, and Yolo County Library have selected the Millennium integrated library management system to meet their service objectives. All three are putting Millennium to work to reach their multilingual communities and fulfill needs such as handling patron data and resource sharing.
City College of San Francisco
City College of San Francisco is the largest community college in the country, serving approximately 100,000 students from a variety of backgrounds. In fact, 41% of students identify themselves as Asian/Pacific Islander and 25% as Hispanic/Latino. "Given the size of our population and the number of languages spoken at the College, the new Spanish and Chinese Web OPACs from Innovative will be a real service plus for our library," says Julia Bergman, Librarian and System Administrator at CCSF.
Like many colleges and universities, the library had been responsible for the tedious and time-consuming chore of loading patron credit data into the library system. Innovative is removing this obstacle by developing a real-time interface to CCSF's student software product. "This will make life a whole lot easier for our circulation and systems staff, especially because our population is so large," says Bergman. "The data will also be cleaner and more up to date because Millennium will be constantly updated rather than just once a semester."
Sunnyvale Public Library
Sunnyvale Public Library is one of the busiest libraries in California, checking out an average of 625 items during every hour. "Sunnyvale Library staff found that Millennium met their needs in terms of functionality and efficiency," says former Library Director Victoria Johnson. "The fact that several of our neighboring libraries offer the same system will make access easy for the avid library users in Silicon Valley who use multiple libraries." Sunnyvale is also choosing to share resources with other libraries by joining the Innovative-powered LINK+ patron-initiated borrowing system, which makes millions of items available from public and academic libraries around the state of California.
Because Sunnyvale serves a diverse patron base that is 32% Asian, primarily Chinese, library staff are looking forward to taking advantage of Millennium's full Unicode support. "This will allow patrons to search the Web OPAC in Chinese," says Johnson.
Yolo County Library
Yolo County Library serves an area that is diverse in terms of ethnicity, languages spoken, educational and socioeconomic levels. Consequently, the selection of a new integrated library system is an important step in bridging a number of geographic, social, and access gaps in the community. Yolo County residents will have equal access to the countywide collection of approximately 400,000 items through intra-branch loan as well as two million volumes available regionally through interlibrary loan.
“Yolo County Library is so pleased that a library our size will be able to take advantage of this state-of-the-art Web- and Java™-based system," says Mary Stephens, Yolo County Librarian. "In addition, our utilization of Innovative products will align us with many of our colleagues in our region.”
Yolo staff are excited about providing Spanish-language access on the Web OPAC and the possibility of adding Russian at a later date. In addition, Millennium will be used for online delivery of a community database of social, educational, and recreational service providers.
City College of San Francisco was founded in 1935. The largest single campus district in California, CCSF enrolls over 100,000 students annually at its ten major campuses and some 100 neighborhood instructional sites. The College offers courses in more than 50 academic disciplines and over 100 occupational programs. CCSF employs 696 full-time and 1,673 part-time faculty.
About Sunnyvale Public Library
Sunnyvale Public Library is located in the heart of Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, California. It serves a diverse population of over 130,000 and circulated approximately two million items last year. The collection supports the growing and multi-ethnic population by including books and media in English and many other languages.
About Yolo County Library Service
The Yolo County Library Service area covers approximately 1,034 square miles and serves a population of over 130,000. With the exception of the City of Woodland, which is a separate library service area, Yolo County serves the diverse people of Yolo County through seven branches in the cities of Davis, West Sacramento and Winters and the communities of Esparto, Clarksburg, Knights Landing and Yolo.
With over 25 years of partnership with the library community, Innovative Interfaces (www.iii.com) is the leader in providing Web-powered, Java-based library management systems. Its flagship product offering, Millennium, is installed in thousands of libraries in 42 countries around the world. The company is headquartered in Emeryville, California, with offices around the world.