Auto-Graphics, Inc., providing library automation solutions for over 40
years, today announced that the Tennessee State Library and Archives
(TSLA) has selected the AGent
VERSO® Consortial Edition to provide a statewide integrated library
system (ILS) to 100 libraries throughout Tennessee. AGent VERSO's
Consortial Edition provides TSLA libraries with a superior level of
technology that will advance the system of each of its members. Library
staff will have the ability to define localized features and functions
in the OPAC as well as develop library specific circulation, lending and
borrowing policies. The patrons will have the ability to view and manage
their library account, create reading lists, access eBooks, place holds
and renew items online.
All libraries will receive the Circulation Interlibrary Loan Link (CILL)
module, to extend the reach of each library's collection with enhanced
and streamlined lending and borrowing capabilities. The CILL module is
fully compliant with the NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP)
and is integrated with Tennessee's Interlibrary Loan (ILL) resource
sharing system. This project will deliver what Auto-Graphics believes to
be the largest ILS NCIP implementation in North America. This
integration will allow AGent VERSO libraries to lend and borrow with
members outside of the system including other NCIP libraries and ISO ILL
systems such as OCLC. The CILL-enabled resource sharing workflow has
been shown to reduce the borrowing or lending process by up to 50
percent, dramatically freeing up library staff time for other duties
including assisting patrons.
"The funding for this project was made a reality by Tre Hargett,
Tennessee's Secretary of State. His vision offered the flexibility to
centralize and share library technology in a way that hasn't been done
here before - making library resources more readily avilable to our
communities," said Chuck Sherrill, State Librarian & Archivist at
Tennessee State Library and Archives. "We anticipate that the
efficiencies that will be gained with this new technology and the staff
time savings that will be achieved by implementing CILL will allow our
libraries to focus on what they do best - help the people in their
neighborhoods. With this new ILS system patrons will have increased
access to library collections, and we can share our resources through
ILL much more readily."
TSLA libraries will have the ability to customize their local OPAC
through AGent Iluminar®, Auto-Graphics' next generation user interface,
with modifiable splash pages, a full range of easy-to-use widgets
including - calendars, RSS feeds and social media links to Facebook and
Twitter. The system also provides an iTunes® style display for search
results and book jacket display. Libraries will also benefit from
iLib2Go™, Auto-Graphics' iPhone application, allowing users to find,
renew and place reserves on items as well as suggest items for their
library to purchase.
"The Tennessee State Library and Archives is leading the charge for
progressive library systems by providing technology based library
solutions that will increase access to resources for the residents of
Tennessee. We are pleased that the state of Tennessee has opted to
implement this system via the SaaS model, again validating the viability
of SaaS delivery for large scale ILS systems. Auto-Graphics has been
delivering software and services via a SaaS model since the 1970s,"
pointed out Albert Flores, vice president of sales and marketing for
Auto-Graphics. "We have always felt our customers need to have the
latest version of the system; via support, maintenance and general
releases and that there should never be an upgrade fee or data migration
fee for a new release. SaaS allows us to address software releases more
effectively and reduces local staff involvement down to a minimum. To
address the concern of many library staff regarding data security and
privacy, we use private data hosting and delivery facilities, so
libraries know exactly where their data is at all times."
To read more about how your library can benefit from CILL, visit www.auto-graphics.com
to download the white paper Determining
Staff Cost Savings Using the NCIP Calculator authored by Mary E.
Jackson and view Auto-Graphics' NCIP Savings Calculators.
About Auto-Graphics, Inc.
Founded in 1950, Auto-Graphics has been a technology innovator for more
than six decades, providing data automation solutions to customers
across multiple industries. For over 40 years, Auto-Graphics has helped
libraries of all sizes become more efficient and patron-centric. The
AGent integrated product suite - currently used by more than 5,500
libraries in North America - is comprised of AGent Iluminar® a next
generation patron user interface; AGent VERSO® an integrated library
system; AGent Resource Sharing® an interlibrary loan and consortial
borrowing solution; and AGent Search™ a federated search module. AGent
products are fully compliant with ISO and NISO standards, and are
available via the Software as a Service (SaaS) hosted delivery model.
For more information, please visit www.auto-graphics.com.
© Auto-Graphics, Inc. All rights reserved. AGent, AGent VERSO and
AGent Iluminar are trademarks of Auto-Graphics, Inc. All other
trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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