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Auto-Graphics Releases New World Wide Web Access Software for Libraries

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Auto-Graphics Releases New World Wide Web Access Software for Libraries

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Auto-Graphics, Inc., a leading supplier of information and database resource-sharing systems, has announced the availability of its information access software that utilizes the Internet and the World Wide Web. With this new software, libraries and library consortia can provide patrons access to information available collectively from all libraries in a consortium as well as information on the Internet.

The Impact/ONLINE WebPAC (Public Access Catalog) allows Internet users with virtually any Web browser, such as Netcom's NetCruiser, Netscape Communication Corporation's Netscape Navigator, or Microsoft's Internet Explorer, to enter a library consortium's home page and access an online catalog or database to locate desired books or other information. The user can then create an interlibrary loan (ILL) request to obtain the item through their local library or from anywhere in the consortium.

"The explosive growth of the Internet and the World Wide Web has made access to information more readily available, and libraries across the country are seeking to take advantage of this new resource," said William Kliss, Auto-Graphics' vice president and general manager of library services. "Auto-Graphics has developed Impact/ONLINE WebPAC to extend the libraries' role into being navigator and intermediary between the individual seeker and the resources."

Users are provided with access to both the libraries' own catalogs, a comprehensive listing of all resources available in a given library association, and information being made available at no cost on the Web. Impact/ONLINE WebPAC allows the user to search through hundreds of databases or library catalogs with a single search. For home computer users, Impact/ONLINE WebPAC provides virtual access to the library around the clock, allowing users to electronically visit the library at their convenience. Users simply select the library association's home page, search for the desired information, and order the materials to be delivered to their local library branch. …

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