Innovative Interfaces, Inc. has
announced that Inha University in South Korea, Wenzao Ursuline
College of Languages in Taiwan, and Arkansas' Henderson State
University and Ouachita Baptist University will install its Millennium
library automation system. Innovative Interfaces also announced
that it has formed a partnership with the University of Western
Australia to develop the company's Electronic Resource Management
module, a tool that tracks licensing and purchasing details for
Innovative Interfaces' deployment of Millennium at Inha University
will be the company's first in South Korea.
"We are delighted that Inha University has chosen Millennium,
a decision that endorses both Millennium's advanced digital library
functionality and its track record in delivering CJK-based systems
throughout the region," said Petros Demetriou, Innovative Interfaces'
director of sales for the Asia-Pacific region. "Innovative is
very excited to be moving into this new and important market in
Asia. We were impressed with Inha University's ambition and strong
commitment to meeting its strategic objectives and we are pleased
to be working with the library to help meet their goals."
Inha University is currently developing a new library, sponsored
by the Hanjin Group. In March 2001, construction began for the
new 239,408-square-foot Jungseok Library. Expected to open in
April 2003, the new facility will hold a collection of more than
930,000 items and seat up to 3,000 students and faculty.
Inha University was founded in 1954. It comprises nine colleges
with 15 schools and divisions and 17 departments, along with seven
Wenzao Ursuline College
Wenzao Library houses a collection of 160,000 volumes, 50 percent
of which are in a foreign language. It offers titles in English,
French, Spanish, German, and Japanese. The remaining 50 percent
of the library's collection is in Chinese. The library plans to
expand its digital collection and patron services in the future.
"We decided on Millennium for many reasons. Our main reasons
for choosing Millennium were due to its excellent multilingual
interface and media management functions," said Irene Wang, director
of Wenzao Library.
Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages was founded in 1966. According
to the announcement, it is the only college of foreign languages
Implementation of Millennium will reportedly improve the level
of services that the Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist
University libraries can provide to their 10,000 patrons. It will
enable students and faculty to browse the libraries' combined
collection of 413,000 items online, link directly to Web sites
that offer information on subject searches, and be notified by
e-mail when new materials enter the catalog.
"We looked at four vendors and decided that the best overall
package was from Innovative. The biggest advantage of moving from
a character-based system is that Innovative's fourth-generation
system will give us a leg up on the future. We're looking for
Web access and one-stop shopping for our students and faculty.
We think we have it," said Ray Granade, director of library services
at Ouachita Baptist University.
"We were impressed with the functionality and overall user-friendliness
of Innovative's Millennium system," said Robert Yehl, director
of learning resources at Henderson State University. "We are also
enthusiastic about the possibilities of future cooperation with
other libraries in Arkansas that are also Innovative customers."
University of Western Australia
Fully integrated with the Millennium system or available as
a stand-alone product, Innovative's Electronic Resource Management
solves the problem libraries have in developing local control
mechanisms for managing licensed resources such as e-journals,
abstracting-and-indexing databases, and full-text databases, according
to the announcement. Electronic Resource Management enables libraries
to keep track of their e-journal licensing and purchasing details
using a single system. The module streamlines work flows and eliminates
the need to maintain separate databases.
"The University of Western Australia Library, like many other
libraries around the world, has found that the rapid increase
in its use of digital resources has brought a whole new set of
problems in how they are selected, acquired, and managed," said
John Arfield, university librarian at the University of Western
Australia. "We have put a good deal of effort into analyzing these
complex issues and have come to realize that new tools are needed
to help us manage our electronic resources effectively. We welcome
the opportunity to contribute to the development of such tools
through our partnership with Innovative."
Aaron Blazer, Innovative Interfaces' director of international
customer sales, noted that in addition to the University of Western Australia,
Glasgow University, the University of Washington, and Washington
State University are also development partners for Electronic Resource
Management and will assist the company in the design and development
of the product.
Source: Innovative Interfaces, Inc., Emeryville, CA, 510/655-6200;