|[February 04, 2013]
Massachusetts Virtual Catalog Selects Auto-Graphics' SHAREit™ to Provide a Statewide Interlibrary Loan Platform
POMONA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Inc., a leading provider of tools, technologies and software
developed to power libraries, today announced that the Massachusetts
Virtual Catalog (MassVC) Governance Group has selected SHAREit™
to provide an NCIP-based interlibrary loan (ILL) platform for
participating libraries throughout Massachusetts to replace SirsiDynix's
URSA system. The award was the result of a comprehensive RFP process
that included multiple stakeholder groups and incorporated input from
directors at each of the nine library networks throughout the State.
"Managing ILL transactions can be an expensive and time consuming
process, so any technology that we can implement to reduce the cost and
streamline workflow is helpful," said Walter Stine, executive director
of Fenway Libraries Online. "Our goal by implementing a true
circulation-based ILL system is to cost effectively increase
efficiencies and leverage existing technology investments at both the
state and local library level."
In upgrading to the SHAREit ILL platform, MassVC's objective was
threefold. First, to provide a more modern and feature-rich interface
for end users with greater search functionality and more streamlined
access to available resources. Secondly, to increase the available
rsources within the ILL environment by including libraries whose
resources could no longer be integrated under the previous system, and
by adding new member libraries and consortia to MassVC. Thirdly, to
implement a circulation-based ILL system through the use of technology
such as NCIP to streamline workflow for participating libraries, promote
stronger integration between local and shared systems and ultimately
reduce the time spent to manage individual ILL borrowing and lending
MassVC will implement SHAREit in a phased approach over the next two
years. The first phase will consist of four of the nine large library
networks within the state. The remaining five library networks and six
standalone academic libraries will be implemented in year two of the
project. Overall, the system will be one of the largest ILL
implementations in North America serving over 410 public, school,
academic and special libraries across Massachusetts. This large project
will include the following library networks - CLAMS (Cape Libraries
Automated Materials Sharing), C/W MARS (Central/Western Massachusetts
Automated Resource Sharing), FLO (Fenway Libraries Online), MBLN (Metro
Boston Library Network), MVLC (Merrimack Valley Library Consortium), MLN
(Minuteman Library Network), NOBLE (North of Boston Library Exchange),
OCLN (Old Colony Library Network), SAILS and MassCAT. In addition, the
following academic libraries will also be participating - Bridgewater
State University, UMass Amherst, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Boston, UMass
Lowell and Westfield State University.
"MassVC is a very exciting project and an opportunity to leverage NCIP
to implement a true circulation-based ILL system to increase workflow
efficiencies for staff and greatly improve the patron experience," said
Albert Flores, vice president of sales and marketing at Auto-Graphics.
"The team at Auto-Graphics looks forward to working very closely with
the progressive libraries involved in this cutting edge project over the
next several years."
Fenway Libraries Online (FLO) is the fiscal agent for the MassVC
Governance Group and will work together with Auto-Graphics to implement
and support the system. FLO received a federal LSTA grant provided by
the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to procure SHAREit. The
Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of
federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.
The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that
connect people to information and ideas.
About Auto-Graphics, Inc.
Founded in 1950, Auto-Graphics has been a technology innovator for more
than six decades providing data management solutions to customers across
multiple industries. For over 50 years, Auto-Graphics has helped
libraries of all sizes become more efficient and patron-centric.
Auto-Graphics' Library Management Platform™ - currently used by more
than 5,500 libraries in North America - is comprised of VERSO® an
integrated library system; SHAREit™ an interlibrary loan and consortial
borrowing solution; and SEARCHit™ a federated search module. All
products are fully compliant with ISO and NISO standards, and are
available for On-Premise installation or over the Cloud, via the
Software as a Service (SaaS (News - Alert)) hosted delivery model. For more
information, please visit www.auto-graphics.com.
© Auto-Graphics, Inc. All rights reserved. VERSO, SHAREit and
SEARCHit are trademarks of Auto-Graphics, Inc. All other trademarks are
the property of their respective owners.
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