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Auto-Graphics Further Integrates Z39.50 Standard, Announces Browser-Based ILL Admin. Software

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Auto-Graphics Further Integrates Z39.50 Standard, Announces Browser-Based ILL Admin. Software

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Auto-Graphics, Inc. has announced that it will combine the connectivity protocols of the Web with the Z39.50 interoperability standard in its Impact/ONLINE family of services. Additionally, it has announced a platform-independent interlibrary loan (ILL) administration capability for its Impact/ONLINE customers, who can now use any Web browser to track patron requests made through associated online services.

Z39.50 Support

In its continued commitment to leverage the Z39.50 standard, Auto-Graphics is following up its recent release of support for Z39.50 client and target capabilities in its Impact/MARCit cataloging services with an increased level of support for Z39.50 within the Auto-Graphics Impact/ONLINE family of services. This is a major development for the library consortia whose resource-sharing objectives are served by Impact/ONLINE, according to Auto-Graphics. It offers libraries the ability to be accessible through any combination of the consortium's union catalog and/or Z39.50, a unique flexibility in supporting cooperation among libraries, according to William Kliss, chief operating officer.

"Our product road map for the remainder of 1998 and beyond recognizes two converging trends in the library community--the creation of cost- and resource-sharing consortia of libraries and the widespread acceptance of the ANSI/NISO Z39.50 standard as an ad-hoc search and retrieval tool for other libraries," Kliss said.

Auto-Graphics has offered a Z39.50 interface as a module in its Impact/ONLINE family since 1996 for locating holdings in libraries not necessarily represented in the consortium's union catalog. The intent of embedding a Z39.50 search capability into all Impact/ONLINE products is to make it easier for consortia customers to enter into resource-sharing agreements and to provide patrons with seamless access to holdings represented in the union catalog and/or at Z39.50 targets. The first of this latest series of Z39.50 enhancements will now make the holdings of all member libraries completely accessible to the automated interlibrary loan (ILL) services supported by Impact/ONLINE, and even enable nonmember libraries to participate in the consortium's ILL.

Impact/ONLINE software will enable library administrators to create their own model of request handling by determining the order of target libraries internal to the consortium and then external requests in keeping with ILL policies. …

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