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Auto-Graphics Inc. Introduces a Unique OCLC WMS Bibliographic Connector
Auto-Graphics helping to restore an abandoned Z39.50 Protocol
ONTARIO, Calif. — May 21, 2015 — Auto-Graphics, Inc., a leading provider of tools, technologies, and software, developed to power libraries, is pleased to announce that SHAREit has been integrated with OCLC's WorldShare Management Services (WMS) ILS for their statewide and provincial customers. The new WMS module allows SHAREit to fully interact with OCLC WMS ILS systems in the same manner as any standard ILS using Z39.50. The WMS integration provides bibliographic data discovery, item level detail including availability, and related circulation status.
OCLC has opted to not support the Z39.50 protocol for WMS. Therefore, any of Auto-Graphics' resource sharing environments, or any ILS vendors needing to interact with institutions that are using the OCLC WMS ILS are unable to connect to these libraries. Auto-Graphics teamed up with IndexData and came up with a resolution to satisfy the needs of our Auto-Graphics' customers.
"It was a real shame to learn that OCLC would not support the use of the Z39.50 standard for the WMS platform, but the use of their XML based API was a good alternative that allowed our team to make the connections needed," said Paul Cope, President of Auto-Graphics, Inc. Paul also went on to say, "our ability to overlay SHAREit with any other resource sharing or ILS systems has been a cornerstone of our product, so this was important for Auto-Graphics to complete."
Auto-Graphics will use Z39.50, NCIP and now XML protocols connections for discovery of bibliographic data and holdings from any local ILS catalogs to create either a virtual or a hybrid resource sharing environment. Since Auto-Graphics handles ILL Resource Sharing networks that overlay diverse groups of ILS consortia, it simply made sense. This new module allows SHAREit customers to integrate OCLC libraries in their resource sharing networks.
About Auto-Graphics, Inc.
Auto-Graphics is the only publicly-traded library software vendor to provide software solutions along with full financial transparency. The company’s nearly seven (7) decades of providing solutions to the markets it serves reflects how well Auto-Graphics has listened to their customer base and stayed abreast of new technologies, continuously reinventing their products and services to help libraries of all sizes become more efficient and patron-centric. The Auto-Graphics browser-based Library Management Platform for patrons and staff – currently used by more than 11,000 libraries in North America – is comprised of SHAREit®, a Web-based resource sharing solution providing patron-initiated sharing, circulation-based interlibrary loan (ILL) using NCIP and consortial borrowing solutions; VERSO®, an integrated public library system (ILS); SEARCHit®, a federated search and discovery module; SLIMS™, a small library information management system, and MONTAGEdc®, a digital asset management (DAM) solution. All products are fully Web and cloud-based products which are compliant with ISO and NISO standards, and are available via a Software as a Service (SaaS) subscription. For more information, please visit please visit www.auto-graphics.com, Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. Auto-Graphics trades under the stock symbol AIFS.
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