|Innovative Interfaces, Inc. has announced that Cooperating Libraries
In Consortium (CLIC), a group of eight academic libraries in St. Paul and
Minneapolis, Minnesota, will install the Web- and Java-based Millennium
library automation system. The company also announced that the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania has chosen both the Millennium system and the INN-Reach
resource-sharing system for the 2,500 school, public, academic, and special
libraries that are members of the ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA Database project.
"CLIC recognizes that one of the major areas of cooperation is an integrated
automation system. It allows the sharing of staff responsibilities, enhances
resource sharing, and fosters joint collection development among our institutions.
The consortium, including staff on all levels, took more than a year to
analyze automation systems on the market. The result of this process was
the selection of Millennium as the best system to meet the needs of our
users and staff," said Chris Olson, executive director of CLIC.
CLIC is a nonprofit federation of libraries that includes eight private
colleges and universities: Augsburg College, Bethel College, College of
St. Catherine, Concordia University–St. Paul, Hamline University, Macalester
College, Northwestern College, and the University of St. Thomas.
CLIC’s shared catalog includes 1,000,058 bibliographic records and 1,933,164
holdings, and it serves approximately 64,175 patrons. Incorporated by the
college presidents in 1969, CLIC has been working for more than 30 years
to improve library resources and services through cooperative efforts.
"The selection of Innovative’s INN-Reach system extends the vision
of the ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA Database to include real-time updating of holdings
by participants," said Joe Scorza, executive director of the Health Sciences
Libraries Consortium. "Pennsylvania has chosen a robust platform for a
joint database which is also flexible, sophisticated, and able to accommodate
a ‘virtual’ catalog alternative at the same time." The system will be capable
of supporting over 1,000 simultaneous users and will be using Oracle database
ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA, managed by the Health Sciences Libraries Consortium
in Philadelphia, is a coordinated effort to automate library services throughout
the commonwealth. Taking advantage of this investment in library resources,
the ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA Database provides easy access for library patrons
to materials in collections across the state, according to the announcement.
Innovative’s INN-Reach system will replace the previous union catalog,
which was updated and distributed annually.
Source: Innovative Interfaces, Inc., Emeryville, CA, 510/655-6200; http://www.iii.com.