|Data Research Associates, Inc. (DRA), a client/server library automation
systems integrator, has announced an agreement with netLibrary (http://www.netlibrary.com),
a provider of e-books and Internetbased content-management services, to
integrate netLibrary into DRA’s Classic and Taos library automation systems.
The resulting integrated system will provide easy access to e-books for
both librarians and library patrons.
DRA and netLibrary are working together to integrate netLibrary e-books
into the acquisitions and online public access catalog (OPAC) modules of
the two DRA systems through the use of communication protocols for the
transfer of machine-readable catalog (MARC) records. The integrated systems
will enable librarians using DRA’s Classic and Taos systems, at their discretion,
to quickly search, select, and acquire e-books for their collections. Also
through the integrated DRA systems, librarians will be able to purchase
e-books from netLibrary with the simplicity of transmitting an electronic
purchase order, according to the announcement.
In addition, library patrons will be able to search for e-books purchased
by their library directly from the library’s DRA-furnished OPAC. Library
patrons will be able to search MARC records for e-books in a library’s
OPAC by author, title, subject, and ISBN. E-books found by patrons in the
OPAC can be previewed or borrowed at the click of a mouse.
“We are pleased to be working with netLibrary, a company focused on
serving the needs of librarians and empowering libraries in the digital
age. By combining DRA’s advanced library automation technology with netLibrary’s
e-book infrastructure, we will be able to introduce e-books to our library
customers in the platform they have become accustomed to using,” said DRA
CEO Mike Mellinger. “The benefits extend to library patrons, as well, as
they will be able to borrow e-books directly from their OPAC, anytime …
from any computer connected to the Internet.”
netLibrary president and CEO Rob Kaufman said: “DRA’s Classic and Taos
library automation systems are windows to the people who matter most to
netLibrary: librarians and library patrons. We are excited to be working
with DRA to serve our mutual customers and make our e-book infrastructure
available to members of the library community.”
netLibrary is a leading provider of ebooks and Internet-based content-management
services. According to the announcement, hundreds of publishers of academic,
professional, reference, and scholarly books have adopted netLibrary’s
digital rights management infrastructure. netLibrary develops, archives,
hosts, and securely distributes e-books through a variety of channels,
including academic, corporate, public, and school libraries. netLibrary
e-books are full-text searchable and available for use on personal computers
in online and offline formats.
Data Research Associates, Inc. is a leading systems integrator for libraries
and other information providers, offering its own proprietary information
services software; third-party software and hardware; Internet, Web, and
other networking services; and other related support services.
Source: Data Research Associates, Inc., St. Louis, 800/325-0888, 314/432-1100;