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     »    ils roundup                                                                                               by bill greenwood

         ILS Year in Review
            Oh, what a difference a year makes.       Auto-Graphics, Inc.                          Civica/Creative
         Ever since our Buyer’s Guide ’08 issue          The company is helping libraries          Microsystems, Inc.
         hit newsstands last July, many of the        implement home delivery programs
         biggest companies in the ILS industry        with Lib2Home, a preference tracking            The company is making a North
         have been churning out more and              and alerting system within the AGent         American push for its Spydus library
         more advanced products that take ad-         VERSO ILS. With Lib2Home, patrons            automation system, demonstrating its
         vantage of the latest technological          can set up searches within their online      capabilities at the Public Library As-
         trends, including open APIs, patron          profiles based on preferred titles, sub-     sociation 2008 National Conference.
         self-checkout, and Web 2.0 features.         jects, and authors, and then use AGent       The system, which is in its fourth gen-
         Even those who haven’t introduced            VERSO’s Active Alerts functionality to       eration, is a web-centric application
         new products are far from slouches,          receive an email notification when new       that automates modern library func-
         inking deals and forming partnerships        material fitting the criteria becomes        tions, such as web-based and mobile
         that have spread their influence             available, according to Auto-Graphics.       access, and combines them with RFID
         around the world. Check out some of          Librarians can then use Lib2Home to          tracking and a specialist search en-
         the highlights below.                        manage the checkout and delivery             gine, according to Civica. The product
                                                      process.                                     is installed at 1,300 facilities world-
                                                                                                   wide, including five in the U.S.
         Adlib Information Systems
            The company jumped on the API
                                                                                                   Cuadra Associates, Inc.
         bandwagon, holding its first Adlib API
         Working Group Meeting on Feb. 25.                                                            The company’s STAR/Archives prod-
         Presenters indicated which API com-                                                       uct is now available to all users of the
         ponents are currently available, ex-                                                      SydneyPLUS ILS, the first step in a
         plained what they do, and discussed a                                                     series of cooperative efforts between
         new API component currently in de-                                                        the companies. STAR/Archives helps
         velopment that is expected to increase                                                    archivists make their material accessi-
         speed and scalability, make more ser-                                                     ble by enabling search within and across
         vices accessible, improve Adlib’s query                                                   their collections. It also lets them gener-
         language, simplify configuration, and                                                     ate archival reports, such as EAD find-
         more, according to the company. Adlib                                                     ing aids, container lists, deeds of gift, and
         is seeking feedback via email at             Book Systems, Inc.                           MARC records, according to Cuadra. or via LinkedIn.             The company introduced Atriuum
            The company also unveiled Adlib           3.0, the latest release of its library au-
                                                                                                   CyberTools, Inc.
         v6.5, the latest release of its ILS soft-    tomation system. The new version adds
         ware. The new product adds extended          more OPAC themes, Lexile support for            The company unveiled its elec-
         features for pointer files, the ability to   OPAC searches, customized visual             tronic resource management (ERM)
         play video and sound files, candidate        search, and multiple-form-letter capa-       module, including it with the Cyber-
         terms for managing authority files and       bilities, according to Book Systems. Li-     Tools for Libraries base product suite
         thesauri, flexible presentation formats      braries can also use the product to set      at no additional cost. The module lets
         for date and numeric fields, and more,       up self-check stations that can help         librarians add an unlimited numb
Description: With Lib2Home, patrons can set up searches within their online profiles based on preferred titles, subjects, and authors, and then use AGent VERSO's Active Alerts functionality to receive an email notification when new material fitting the criteria becomes available, according to Auto -Graphics. The online library catalog solution, which runs on SirsiDynix Symphony 3.2.1, features a simplified interface, an updated My Account page, new ecommerce options, the use of cascading style sheets, and a look and feel similar to SirsiDynix Enterprise, enabling seamless transitions between the products, according to SirsiDynix.
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