Auto-Graphics Launches Shared Resource Cataloging Services to Libraries and Library Consortia

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Auto-Graphics has announced the completion of a new data center to enable the launch in both the U.S. and Canada of new technology products that replace those acquired from ISM Information Systems Management Corp. (ISM), which were purchased approximately 6 months ago. This will constitute a new and synergistic business direction, according to Auto-Graphics.

Both A-G Canada, with headquarters in Toronto, and its U.S. parent, Auto-Graphics, Inc., have introduced Impact/MARCit, a new product that supports a full range of cataloging activities for libraries, publishers, and the information industry. In Canada, Impact/MARCit replaces the CATSS product acquired from ISM, but in the U.S., the new product represents a significant expansion of business opportunities for Auto-Graphics.

"This represents a major strategic thrust by Auto-Graphics," said William Kliss, chief operating officer of Auto-Graphics and A-G Canada. "As a result of our system upgrade in Canada, we can now offer quality cataloging services in the U.S., and we intend to market these to the library community at large, not just to our customer base of library consortia."

The comprehensive range of bibliographic and authority record databases accessible via Impact/MARCit includes the largest Canadian and the second-largest North American cataloging resource formerly known as CATSS. Subscribers to Impact/MARCit will have access to the shared resource A-G Databases of bibliographic and authority records:

* Records issued by source agencies, such as, the Library of Congress (LC) and the National Library of Canada (NLC)

* Records shared between Auto-Graphic customers

* Other records owned by Auto-Graphics and A-G Canada, including the REMARC database of early LC records

According to the company, its A-G Databases include nearly 23 million unique bibliographic records, and over 6 million authority records. The U.S.-sourced content is oriented to K-12 and public libraries, whereas the Canadian-sourced records have an academic emphasis.

"The overlap of titles between U.S. and Canadian customers is about 85 percent in public institutions," Kliss said.

Cataloging services support searching, copying, creating, and editing industry standard MARC (Machine Readable Cataloging) records. Three attributes govern the quality and utility of any cataloging service, according to Kliss: ease of access to the service, effectiveness of the search engine, and the quality of the database on which the service depends. …