Ameritech Library Services has announced that Horizon, its library automation system, combined with the Resource Sharing System has been nominated for inclusion in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. A description of these systems will be archived and displayed on the World Wide Web at http:/innovate.si.edu.
Ameritech Library Services Horizon with Resource Sharing System is part of a collection that includes over 442 of the year's most innovative applications of technology from 40 states and 19 countries.
"Ameritech Library Services is using information technology to make great strides toward remarkable social achievement in education," said David Allison, chairman of the National Museum of American History's Division of Information Technology and Society.
"We are honored to be recognized as a leader in the library industry and the broader world of technology," said Lana Porter, president of Ameritech Library Services. "Ameritech Library Services is committed to offering libraries products and services that keep them in the forefront of the Information Age. Our Horizon and Resource Sharing product suite enables libraries to not only serve as the information hub for their local communities but also provide global connections that bring order to information chaos and turn seekers into finders."
Horizon provides librarians the capability to catalog Web resources as traditional media and offers a Public Access Catalog that allows patrons to access the library catalog from their home or office computers.
The Resource Sharing System facilitates the lending of materials, in whatever format, between libraries. Using this tool, a user can indicate an information resource he or she has identified via the Web that is located in another library hundreds or even thousands of miles away and have that library send that information to the local branch or directly to the user.
"I have looked into a number of interlibrary loan products on the market and RSS is the only product I have found that allows library users a built-in mechanism to interact with the database directly," said Gerry Wagner, head of document delivery at the University of Cincinnati Medical Library. …