DRA to Integrate netLibrary E-Books with Library Automation Systems

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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 Internet-based 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. …