New Statewide Catalog/Interlibrary Loan System Saves Pennsylvania Libraries $1.8M After Implementation
ONTARIO, Calif., March 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Auto-Graphics, Inc., provider of the first Web-based library resource management solutions to library consortia and innovative developer of many resource sharing industry "firsts", announces that since deploying SHAREit, with participation approaching 1,500 libraries, AccessPA has seen dramatic results that have significantly freed up staff time and provided cost savings to the library.
Maryam Phillips, Executive Director of Hosting Solutions and Library Consulting, discusses some of the ways in which SHAREit has contributed to the continued success of Access PA in her October 15, 2017 report to the Pennsylvania governor's advisory council, where she detailed the most impressive improvements: "The Access PA statewide catalog was replaced in 2015 with new software called SHAREit. Participation is approaching 1,500 libraries with 8.6 million bibliographic records and 43 million items available for resource sharing across Pennsylvania. Over 100,000 titles were loaned in fiscal year 2016. Using the lowest Library Journal 2016 average hardcover book cost ($18.01), this represents a savings of $1,800,000 in purchase costs for Pennsylvania libraries."
Switching to the SHAREit ILL platform offered Access PA an upgrade to a more modern and feature-rich interface for end users with greater search functionality, a more flexible and efficient ILL system, complete with an ILLL solution for Pennsylvania's 24 correctional institutions, and an increasingly accurate and authoritative union database—significantly enhancing statewide ILL services. "The old system had 22 million bibs and 44 million items. SHAREit has 8.5 million bibs and 44 million items," states Phillips. "With the clean new catalog database, interlibrary loan fulfillment reached new levels of performance, up to the present 81-83%"
The Access PA project was made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and through Library Access Funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.
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); RESEARCHit®, a federated search and discovery module; and MONTAGEdc®, a digital collection solution. All products are fully Web and cloud-based which are compliant with ISO and NISO standards, and are available via a Software as a Service (SaaS) subscription. For more information, please visit www.auto-graphics.com, Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. Auto-Graphics trades under the stock symbol AIFS.
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